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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 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

Very few Brits understand how appalling our record in Ireland really is

Of course we must open ‘a new chapter’: but before we do, we must read and acknowledge the old one

The restoration of the Friday fast is a historic day for English and Welsh Catholics

In the end, it’s obedience, not personal choice, that holds us together as a people

In the end, it’s obedience, not personal choice, that holds us together as a people

The new nuncio thinks bishops should believe not just in this life but also the next

Archbishop Mennini, Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, pictured with Archbishop Nichols of Westminster (Mazur)

Watch this space: if I’m right, that’s the kind of bishop we should now get

Hans Küng: an ageing enfant terrible going nowhere

Hans Küng is pictured in his office in Tübingen, Germany, in 2008 (CNS photo/Harald Oppitz, KNA)

Even at Vatican II, he was regarded as ‘incendiary, superficial, and polemical’. The contrast with Pope Benedict XVI is stark

Is it actually true that there is serious discrimination against Christians in Europe?

An EU calendar distributed to over three million pupils omitted major Christian holidays, including Christmas and Easter (CNS photo)

Look at the facts: then tell me what if anything we should do about it