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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.

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?

In its cautious way, the ordinariate continues to power ahead

Fr Keith Newton is still very cautious about predicting the size of the ordinariate

By the end of the year, the number of parish groups will be more than double the number predicted

The call for a new Syllabus of Errors, this time on Vatican II, should be heeded

Blessed Pope Pius IX (CNS photo)

Pio Nono’s Syllabus Errorum has had an undeservedly bad press: it is still relevant today
 

Pope John Paul was a great pope – but that doesn’t mean he never made mistakes

John Paul II during a visit to Paris in 1980 (Photo: CNS)

His beatification is a declaration of his holiness, not his achievements

The beatification of Pope John Paul has surprised no one: but it is a great day for the Church

Pilgrims at the funeral Mass of John Paul II in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

By the time of his death, his greatness had become universally perceived

If you really think you’re more Catholic than the pope, you’re on your way to the funny farm

John Paul II prays at Santa Maria degli Angeli in Assisi with representatives of 12 world religions (AP Photo)

The interfaith pilgrimage to Assisi doesn’t compromise a single Catholic belief