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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.

Is the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) out to get Fr Z? If so, they would be wise to think again

Bishop Finn: attacked by a columnist for the National Catholic Reporter (CNS photo)

Persecuting orthodox bishops is one thing: but this target bites back

Secular pundits want the Pope to change his ‘policies’. How can we explain that he can’t?

At the election of Pope Benedict XVI commentators wondered which policies he was likely to change (PA photo)

Is this a gulf of incomprehension that simply can’t be bridged?

Sorry, Mr Weigel: the Irish Church has problems, but to call Ireland the ‘epicentre of European anti-Catholicism’ is simply wrong

Abuse survivors confront Archbishop Diarmuid Martin outside St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

There’s an obvious distinction between the governance of the Church and the essence of the faith

Another Irish nightmare: at Maynooth, they’re campaigning for abortion. But calm down; these days, there’s Maynooth and Maynooth

Bishops pictured outside St Patrick's College, Maynooth, at an extraordinary general meeting last year (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

All the same, the story is all too symbolic of Irish life today

What is a ‘Christian fundamentalist’? Not Fr Longenecker, surely. But Anders Breivik approvingly quoted his blog: how creepy is that?

Anders Breivik: not everything he wrote was hate-filled (CNS photo)

The fact is that even mass murderers agree with sensible people sometimes: you can’t keep quiet, just in case

If anybody tries to make you pay to enter an Anglican cathedral (built by the Catholic Church) refuse and enter anyway

York Minster: view it online for free (PA photo)

You should, of course, make a voluntary contribution to its maintenance; but it’s your decision. They have no right to stop you

Despite the EU’s demands on human rights, Turkey’s persecution of Christians is escalating

Patriarch Bartholomew I meets European Commission president José Manuel Barroso (AP Photo/Murad Sezer, Pool)

I wonder why Brussels isn’t interested? Maybe it approves

The Taoiseach has just got it wrong. The Pope isn’t the problem: he is a major part of the solution

Enda Kenny pins blame for the mishandling of abuse allegations on the Vatican (PA photo)

Both at the CDF and as Pope he has clearly directed that crimes must be reported to the civil authorities

Archbishop Chaput, the Pope’s man, has just been promoted to Philadelphia: we could do with a few appointments like that here

The new Archbishop of Philadelphia was a 'highly personal choice' by the Pope  (CNS photo)

That depends on our new nuncio: and fingers crossed, he’s the Pope’s man too

However undesirable the News of the World may have become, we still owe Murdoch a debt of gratitude for Wapping

Rupert Murdoch holds copies of the Sun and the Times at his new print works in Wapping in 1986 (PA photo)

It’s time to get some sense of balance into this frenzied debate