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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 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

The old ICEL translation weakened reverence for the Mass: the new one will help rebuild it

Pope Benedict XVI raises the Eucharist at Bellahouston Park, Scotland (Photo: CNS)

The new translation is more faithful and more beautiful: these are words which will sink into the soul

And now, ARCIC III: isn’t it time to bring this ecumenical farce to an end?

Pope Benedict XVI and Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, sign a joint declaration in 2006 (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

The forthcoming discussions will be an expensive freebie that achieves nothing