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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 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

Catholic-Muslim dialogue is at the end of the road

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, left, talks with Mustafa Ceric, head of the Bosnia Islamic Community (Photo: PA)

We weren’t wrong to begin dialogue, but it seems now to have gone as far as it can

Parliament has the right to decide on ‘women bishops’: Anglo-Catholics please note

Parliament can insist on women bishops in the Church of England (Photo: PA)

If anyone doubted the Erastianism of the C of E, Frank Field has now proved it

Surprise, surprise. Ed Stourton puts the boot in to the ordinariate

But this time, he was just a little too obvious about it

‘Top Muslim scholars’ seem to be telling us that dialogue with them is a waste of time

Sheik Ahmad Mohamed el-Tayeb, president of al-Azhar University in Cairo, is flanked by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, at a conference in Washington DC (Photo: CNS)

If there are any ‘moderate Muslims’ around, let’s hear from them

The Pope, it seems, has mastered the impenetrable new world of cyberspace

Thank heaven the Pope seems to understand what it's all about

Me? I am still struggling – what on earth is Facebook?