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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.

CUT says that Catholics should unplug their televisions: but if we do, how shall we know what to fight?

The licence fee funds all of the BBC's output, not just the programmes we choose to watch (Clara Molden/PA Wire)

Culture wars aren’t won by switching off

Taking away Rupert Murdoch’s papal knighthood would be unpleasantly self-righteous. We’re supposed not to avoid sinners

Rupert Murdoch at a conference last Friday in Idaho (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

And the death of the News of The World, for all its remaining faults, is nothing to crow about

‘The world owes God to the Jews,’ wrote Chesterton; if anything he was pro-Jewish rather than – as the calumny alleges – anti-Semitic

G K Chesterton said he would only take racial distinctions seriously 'when I find a man classifying himself as inferior' (PA photo)

He was one of the few convinced anti-racists of his time: the allegation just doesn’t add up

Liberation theology is dead but not departed; it still occasionally twitches

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a stern critic of liberation theology as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti)

The problem, says the Pope, is denying the transcendent dimension of man: but some people are still going on about ‘structures of injustice’

The Ordinariate’s liturgy is beginning to emerge: it will show us what might have been if the Ecclesia Anglicana had remained Catholic

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Solemn Evensong and Benediction at Blackfriars, Oxford (Photo: Br Lawrence Lew, OP)

The riches of the true Anglican patrimony will now at last be reunited with their source

Eucharistic adoration could transform the English Church in the not too distant future

A Eucharistic 'flashmob' in Preston

It’s not just in the discernment of individual vocations where its power will be felt

Fr Kit the ‘monster’ and the kindly priest I knew didn’t just seem like different people: they were different people

The greatly loved Fr Kit Cunningham will be remembered by most people for the terrible crimes he committed

He had been granted the grace of ‘time for amendment of life’; and he had used it well

Chesterton’s prophetic voice, now increasingly being heard once more, is still relevant to the new age

Chesterton’s prophetic voice, now increasingly being heard once more, is still relevant to the new age

As a Catholic apologist, Chesterton was Newman’s successor: but his influence extended far beyond the Church

I agree: the BBC favours ‘the right to die’. But watch out. That’s a phrase with a sinister history

Terry Pratchett stands outside the Houses of Parliament (Lewis Whyld/PA Wire)

The German medical profession accepted ‘assisted dying’ for compassionate reasons in the 1920s. Then came the 1930s

I was wrong to be rude to Rowan Williams; but I wasn’t critical enough of his anti-coalition attack

Dr Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, talks to Margaret Thatcher in 1983 (PA photo)

The archbishop’s arguments were derived from Left-wing politics, not the Christian religion