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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.

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

It could be that Rome has finally worked out what kind of nuncio we need

Archbishop Antonio Mennini has firmly defended the place of the Orthodox Church in Russian society (Photo: CNS)

But we really don’t know; maybe I’m being guilty of wishful thinking

What exactly is wrong with the commercialisation of Christmas?

A Christmas tree next to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem (Photo: CNS)

The more presents people buy, the faster the economy will recover: so let it rip

An archbishop who says there’s no Santa Claus and makes children cry? Bah humbug, I say

St Nicholas visits St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

The story of St Nicholas should be reclaimed, not cancelled

The Legionaries of Christ are being rebranded: but Fr Maciel is still to be their private ideal

Fr Marcial Maciel in an undated picture provided by the Legionaries of Christ (Photo: CNS)

If the Legion is to continue its existence, it needs to change, root and branch

WikiLeaks reveals that Britain’s first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See just wasn’t well informed

Francis Campbell, Britain's first Catholic ambassador to the Holy See

We urgently need a more substantial replacement

What makes someone write a perverted version of fairytales for children?

A book of Grimm fairytales presented at an exhibition in Germany (Photo: PA)

I know about the sinfulness of human nature; why can’t I get used to it?