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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.

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

Rowan Williams has exposed his ignorance and crass insensitivity yet again

Dr Rowan Williams says the Coalition Government is introducing radical, long-term policies 'for which no one voted' (PA photo)

That’s a nuisance; it means that our own bishops will now be cautious when they ought to speak out

Curiouser and curiouser: the Pope has now turned the Book of Common Prayer (well, quite a bit of it) into a Catholic liturgy

Blackfriars' chapel in Oxford, where later this month an Evensong and Benediction will be celebrated by the Oxford ordinariate group. Photo: Br Lawrence Lew, OP

Evensong and Benediction at Blackfriars: what next?

A major centre for Eucharistic Adoration and the Old Mass? It’s the latest episcopal surge forward

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishop Davies is striking a blow for the reform of the reform

The bishops’ pastoral letter on the new Mass translation represents a revolution in their thinking

The bishops of England, Wales and Scotland with Benedict XVI at St Mary's College, Oscott (Matt Cardy/PA Wire)

This has been going on ever since the papal visit: long may it continue

Clerical child abuse still needs to be addressed: but it is now much more a question for society at large

A copy of the most recent John Jay report into the causes of the clerical abuse crisis in the United States (Photo: CNS)

The trouble with scapegoats is that they deflect attention from the real problem

Obama’s speech in Westminster Hall was heavy: but his big speech in Ireland was simply fraudulent

President Obama drinks a Guinness in Hayes Bar in Moneygall, County Offaly, during his visit to Ireland (Photo: Press Association)

Obama’s crude bid for the Irish American vote deserves to fail

Nobody has any right to know about the sex lives of footballers and incompetent bankers

Sir Fred Goodwin, former chairman of RBS (Photo: Press Association)

But such is the obsession with these things that only 1 in 5 agree

The Pope’s ambition, a powerful blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep the Church

Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the Extraordinary Form Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo)

There are too many difficulties attending both the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite