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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.

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

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