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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 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

Why do our Bishops pull out candidates for the priesthood from seminaries which teach the Extraordinary Form? Why are they so intent on defying the Pope?

Photo: CNS

The new vision of liturgical pluralism should now be an integral part of priestly formation

Now we have proof that abolishing parental rights and encouraging single-parent families was disastrous: the disaster has happened

A 12-year-old boy leaves Manchester magistrates court last week (PA wire)

What was done by design can be undone the same way. But will there be enough political determination to do it?

Has multiculturalism helped to tear our society apart? And was Tariq Jahan’s noble behaviour an implicit rejection of it, an appeal to common values?

Tariq Jahan: 'Please respect the memory of our sons by staying away from trouble' (PA photo)

The inquest continues; this is an important question we need to resolve

Why didn’t the looters’ parents know where they were? Why didn’t they teach them about right and wrong? Answer: society has undermined the family

We need to back the authority of parents, police, teachers. ‘Children’s rights’ has led to disaster

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