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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.

This is still a Christian culture: but the Law Society is now encouraging Sharia principles that are deeply hostile to our values

The Law Society has made proposals which would make it possible for Muslims to commission English solicitors to draw up 'Sharia compliant' wills (PA)

Our democracy is built on the fundamental principle that we are one nation and that there is one law for everyone

What now is the future for the English episcopate? Just when things weren’t looking too hopeful, we get another Ratzingerian appointment. What’s going on?

New Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham Fr Robert Byrne (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Is Fr Robert Byrne’s appointment a sign of things to come? How many more orthodox bishops can we now expect?

No one has done more than the Church to address the problem of child abuse, says the Pope. This is a problem for all of society: time to throw off our scapegoat status

Francis walks to Santa Sabina in Rome on Ash Wednesday (CNS)

The trouble with using the Church as a scapegoat is that it allows society to avoid facing its own more serious sex abuse crisis

Blame the Government for food banks where they are really culpable: but this is mainly a global problem – and bishops need to understand that. And the EU doesn’t help

Campaigners dressed as a cows protest against the Common Agricultural Policy (AP)

Episcopal attacks on politicians are just too easy; politicians are always unpopular. But the Government isn’t always to blame for much of for the real hardship

Our new Cardinal’s attack on Iain Duncan Smith’s benefits reform policies shows that he has a lot to learn about the spiritual blight of welfare dependency

Iain Duncan Smith heads the think tank the Centre for Social Justice (PA)

This is not a good start to his cardinalatial ministry; he admits that he might benefit from a ministerial briefing on the complexities of government policy. He should ask for one

A Securitate General says that Hochhuth’s play was part of a KGB plot against Pius XII’s reputation. The National Catholic Register attempts to discredit this: but serious historians believe it

Pope Pius XII (CNS)

The NCR’s scepticism is shared by the author of Hitler’s Pope: shouldn’t that in itself give pause for thought?

Another Jewish historian concludes that the latest research ‘erases’ the image of a Pius XII indifferent to the fate of the Jews

Pope Pius XII makes a radio broadcast in 1947 (AP)

Rabbi Dalin thinks that Pope Pius should be declared Righteous among the Nations: it would only be common justice if he were

The growing worldwide persecution of Christians shows that Samuel Huntington was right: if he was wrong, where are the protests from moderate Muslim opinion?

A Syrian man fixes a picture of Christ on the wall of his damaged house (CNS)

Predictions that after the end of the Cold War we would see a clash of civilisations between Islam and the West have been borne out by events

Cardinal-designate Nichols should have the prayers and support of us all: but his elevation is being misrepresented by some elements in the English Church

Cardinal-designate Vincent Nichols (AP)

Some commentators even take it as meaning that Pope Francis would have been in favour of the Soho Masses

We are all used to the banality of the Jerusalem Bible readings at Mass: but on Sunday the translation of the gospel was simply impossible to bear

'It is, unfortunately, too late for the New Missal; it will be many years before we can think of replacing it with a new version' (PA)

There is now only one solution: permission must be given for the use of other authorised translations for the readings