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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.

The Spanish case is shocking: but we cruelly remove children from ‘undesirable’ families too

If we are going to adopt morally superior attitudes, we had better be sure we are actually morally superior

The internet is full of fictional and tendentious stories posing as real news: the trouble is, many of us are only too willing to believe them

A little moderate scepticism helps when reading stories online

Are we all getting just a little gullible?

Too many children are being seized by social workers without good reason: why do these families have no protection from the Human Rights Act?

And why do the police so unquestioningly follow the instructions of the social services?

Here’s an e-petition we should all support: that ‘children’s TV should carry a government health warning’

It is probably better not to expose children to TV at all (Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Whether you agree that Catholics should actually Unplug their Televisions, we need to understand that this is a dangerous medium

Every time I spend any time abroad, I wonder why, in a ‘global world’, we abandoned a global liturgy

Torreciudad, the Marian shrine rebuilt by St Josemaría Escrivá in Aragon, Spain

Mass in Latin unified the world Church: the vernacular has Balkanised it

The Pope is right: the riots were a product of relativism – a rejection, and not only by the rioters, of objective moral values

Police clash with looters during the London riots

As the psalmist declaimed, ‘it is a people that do err in their heart’. We do need a ‘Big Society’: but on what will it be built?

At 84, the Pope is preparing for a gruelling visit to Germany which would exhaust a man 30 years younger. How does he do it? Well, there’s an answer to that…

Pope Benedict XVI: a proven people magnet

This Pope is almost a one-man proof of the existence of God

A Conservative MP wants to ‘untangle unions and religion’ by making it illegal to refuse gay unions in church. Impossible? Maybe not

David Cameron has been urged to separate marriage and religion (PA photo)

Mr Cameron has already sold the pass over religious liberty

The new translation of the Mass is a huge success. But why, oh why, are we stuck with the clumsy old version of the Agnus Dei?

The new Mass translation (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

All the same, I am profoundly grateful for what we now have. Never again ‘And also with you’

If a Catholic journal publishes an attack on Church teaching, should the CDF have the right to ask it to publish a reply? The National Catholic Reporter thinks not

The dome of St Peter's Basilica: some Catholic theologians have a negative view of Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

 Don’t they believe in intellectual freedom?