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William Oddie

William Oddie

Dr William Oddie is a leading English Catholic writer and broadcaster. He edited The Catholic Herald from 1998 to 2004 and is the author of The Roman Option and Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy.

Now the Church of England has decided on women bishops, ARCIC III is futile. As the CDF says, it is the Ordinariate now which is “ecumenism in the front row”

Pope Francis accepting a gift from the Archbishop  of Canterbury in June (CNS)

ARCIC has always been a reductionist body, part of a subversive movement whose indifferentism has caused huge damage to the faith of Catholics in the pew

Fr Blake says that in order to maintain the unity of the Church loyalty to the pope is now best expressed through silence. I fear he may be right

There is much confusion about Church teaching ahead of the Synod (CNS)

We are in such an atmosphere of uncertainty that even Jane Fonda can love the pope because she thinks he hates dogma: something has to give

The impoverishment of the Church’s liturgical culture is a major problem for the remarried. If they can’t receive Communion, what is left for them to be part of?

'A major problem facing the divorced is the fact that the automatic reception of Holy Communion, at every single Mass, has become an ingrained part of Catholic life' (CNS)

When everyone else automatically, even unthinkingly, receives Holy Communion, those who can’t feel isolated from the community of the Church

The Holy Father, say those close to him, is wearing himself out. He should slow down, beginning with at least three weeks off at Castel Gandolfo

'Most popes have quite rightly taken August off. Pope Francis? He is off to Korea (Photo: CNS)

He has set essential reforms under way. Cardinal Pell and the other reformers need time to complete their work. What we don’t need is another conclave

The Pope opines that war is how the great world economies ‘keep their balance sheets in the black’. I repeat: shouldn’t he be more careful with what he says?

Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome last month

Much of what he says in his public statements appears not entirely intellectually well thought through; at times it is even totally incoherent

Are the Holy Father’s informal and often confusing methods of communication undermining the teaching authority of his office? Is a period of papal reserve now overdue?

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis is popular with the secular media because they think he’s about to abandon the disciplines of the Church; and they have built him up by denigrating Benedict XVI

Now we know why Dawkins refused to sign that letter from atheists condemning Cameron’s ‘we are a Christian country’: could he be on the way to belief?

Richard Dawkins: 'I would describe myself as a secular Christian' (AP)

Belief in the theory of evolution is no reason for atheism as Dawkins supposes: Darwin himself insisted that the had never been an atheist

Was Protect the Pope really divisive? Or was it rather those whom Deacon Nick believed were undermining the teachings of the Church?

Catholic bloggers sometimes have a tense relationship with bishops (PA)

Protect the Pope was always feisty, either in defence of the Church against secularist attack, or against enemies of Catholic truth and discipline within the Church

Why Rowan Williams is much more comfortable as an academic than he was as an archbishop; and why he should never have gone to Canterbury in the first place

Lord Williams of Oystermouth, former Archbishop of Canterbury (Photo: PA)

If we really have to have an established Church, its head needs to take the defence of basic Christianity quite seriously

Why, in today’s paper, I wrote that it was Pope John Paul who made it possible for me (with many others) at last to be received into the Church

Young woman greets Pope John Paul II during event with youths in 2004 (CNS)

He re-established the simple but immense fact of the Church’s authority to declare the objective truth of Catholic doctrine