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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.

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?

Did you know that it is the Times newspaper’s official view that a creator God doesn’t exist? Neither did I

The Times rolls off the presses (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

To make matters worse, the paper is a starry-eyed Dawkins-supporting organ

Does the Government really intend to ‘tighten the rules’ on abortion? What governments say can’t always be trusted: Catholic bishops should be wary

Nadine Dorries's amendment on pre-abortion counselling seems to have prodded the Government into action

Nadine Dorries wants to stop taxpayers’ money going to ‘counselling’ by abortionists: but will the Department of Health actually back her?

Do you agree with Umberto Eco, that Apple is Catholic and PC Protestant? It looks as though Pope Benedict might…

Benedict XVI launches the Vatican news portal News.va on an iPad in June (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

It all makes sense to me: but I’m a simple soul

The 1994 statement permitting girl servers was a mistaken tactical retreat which led to a fall in priestly vocations. It’s time to withdraw it

The Holy Father looks on as a female server presents his zuchetto

Undoing the damage will take time: the sooner the Church starts to clear up the mess, the better

After the storm ceased, the Pope thanked the two million for their ‘joy and resistance’. Then they knelt in the mud before the Blessed Sacrament. That’s the meaning of the Catholic faith

Benedict XVI beams during the freak storm at Cuatros Vientos airfield on Saturday night (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Those two million young Catholics are just so unfashionable. Long may it remain so

Theologians can be a ‘curse and affliction upon the church’: so says the US bishops’ senior doctrinal adviser. I wish ours had one like that

Fr Weinandy

But the fact that in the US they do shows that the Benedictine counter-revolution is on course