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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.

Next summer, the incorrupt heart of the Curé d’Ars will be visiting the diocese of Shrewsbury; but why only Shrewsbury?

A Knights of Columbus honour guard processes with a reliquary containing the incorrupt heart of St John Vianney (Photo: CNS)

Surely priests (and seminarians) from other dioceses should be spending time with their patron saint? Not to mention the rest of us

Euroscepticism has gone from mad to mainstream. The same thing will happen to ‘climate change’ scepticism

Environmental activists dressed as polar bears Binsar Bakkara/AP/Press Association Images

The history of science is the history of one collapsing consensus after another

Why shouldn’t there be a Catholic ‘Supreme Governor’ of the Church of England?

Arthur Edwards/PA Archive/Press Association Images

After all, the Catholic Church in Malta thrived under the temporal authority of protestant governors

Professor Dawkins thinks that Jesus today would have been an atheist. But would Dawkins have paid any attention to Him?

Dawkins, with comedian Ariane Sherine: not a great believer AP Photo/Akira Suemor

Atheists like Dawkins have strange ideas about what we believe

How can we say that the new translation of the Mass has been well or badly received? Most parishes don’t have the text yet

Pope Benedict XVI, Bishop Roche and Pierpaolo Finaldi (Photo courtesy of Mr Finaldi)

We just can’t judge on the basis of Mass cards containing only the people’s parts

St Paul’s Cathedral may be closed over Christmas. The question is: will it really matter, even to Anglicans?

William Hill offers 100 -1 that St Paul's is still closed at Christmas

Anglican cathedrals aren’t the centre of their dioceses: and the St Paul’s clergy don’t all believe in Christmas

Gaddafi’s death was barbaric. In this case, though, all the alternatives were worse

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who was killed yesterday by rebel forces. Abd Rabbo Ammar/ABACA/Press Association Images

A lynch-mob is a frightful thing. But just as William Hague was right to say that we don’t approve of extra-judicial killings, is a judicial killing in cold blood any better?

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?