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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 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

Some senior Anglicans wish they could strangle the ordinariate at birth

Fr Marcus Stock, general secretary of the Catholic bishops' conference, says that the ordinariate will need a 'principal church' where the ordinary is based (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

But they cannot: this is an idea whose time has come

The 400th anniversary of the King James Bible exposes the banality of the version we are stuck with

A first edition of the King James Bible (AP Photo/Chris Gardner)

Do we really have to continue reading the tone-deaf, flat-footed Jerusalem Bible at Mass?

Is a new departure in Christian-Muslim relations unfolding in Egypt, this Orthodox Christmas Day?

An Egyptian Coptic Christian lights candles during Christmas Mass held at the St. Marc and the Virgin Mary Coptic church,in Lebanon  (AP Photo / Bilal Hussein)

Certainly something very striking is going on: are there here, really, reasons for hope?

Is it wrong to see a spiritual dimension in the unfolding drama of the Ashes?

The England team celebrates during the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney Cricket Ground (Photo: PA)

After all, the mighty are being put down from their seats and the humble exalted

The ordinariate is happening, at an unprecedented pace

Three former Anglican bishops were received into full communion with the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The speed of the operation is possible because of the Pope’s personal knowledge of those involved

More reasons to hope for a step change in the Vatican’s episcopal appointments policy

According to the US columnist John Allen, Pope Benedict XVI will soon have named 21 of the 25 most senior officials in the Church (Photo: PA)

The bishops’ conferences could soon be beginning to look very different