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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.

Shahbaz Bhatti was a hero of the Catholic faith, a martyr by whose courage we should be inspired

People carry the coffin of the murdered Catholic politician Shahbaz Bhatti after a funeral Mass in Islamabad, Pakistan (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

But the chances for reform of the Pakistani blasphemy laws are now looking slim

The EU has made its secularism clear: is that now what the judges have done for the UK?

The High Court said that Eunice and Owen Johns should not foster children because they believe homosexuality is wrong (Ellen Branagh/PA Wire)

We know about the European Constitution: what has the High Court done to ours?

The SSPX claim the Novus Ordo is a Protestant rite. Can they be serious?

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta holds a monstrance containing the Eucharist (Photo: CNS)

The Mass of Paul VI is unambiguously sacrificial, not simply a remembrance of ‘the Lord’s Supper’

Why Barack Obama has to be seen as an enemy of the Catholic Church

President Barack Obama waves when he came to the graduation ceremony at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 2009  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

We need to be alert: he is not without influence, even on this side of the pond

Another gross example of the repression of Christianity in Turkey

Pope Benedict XVI, accompanied by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his 2006 visit to Turkey (Picture: PA)

Why are we still seriously considering Turkish membership of the EU?

We need constantly to rediscover why the Church is against abortion

The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer thought life was futile - a view that became more prevalent after the Holocaust and the Second World War (PA photo)

Bernard Nathanson discovered ‘the humanity of the unborn baby’: but there’s more to it than that

Here’s another example of renewal in the Church: this is what Vatican II was supposed to be about

Iesu Communio was approved by Pope Benedict in December last year

The sisters of Iesu Communio are experiencing an ‘explosion’ of vocations

The ordinariates are a sign that those fighting for the faith aren’t as lonely as they think

Fr Keith Newton, the Ordinary, comes across as capable and visionary (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Maybe it’s going to be a tough struggle: but it can only end in one way

The attacks on the new English Missal are the last expiring gasp of the ‘Spirit of Vatican II’

American bishops study a draft of the new translation in 2005 (CNS photo)

The battle is virtually over – and the good guys won

Bishop Conry and Bishop Hollis have just proved how wrong I can be

Pope Benedict XVI pictured with the bishops of England and Wales at St Mary's, Oscott, Birmingham (Photo: PA)

The papal visit, says one, is an ‘outpouring of grace’; the ordinariate, says the other, a ‘journey of faith’: not what I would have predicted