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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.

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?

George Weigel thinks there is a ‘hollowness’ at the heart of post-Blair Britain

In his autobiography Tony Blair writes about the funeral of Diana but does not think of it in Christian terms (Photo: PA)

He doesn’t think much of our bishops, either: but what about the US?

Now we’re restoring the Friday fast, can we have our Holy Days of Obligation back, too?

Pope Benedict celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi on a Thursday, while in England and Wales it has been moved to Sunday (Photo: CNS)

This year, Twelfth Night will be on day eight: give us a break

Why did the secular press get the pope so wrong about condoms?

A priest skims a copy of Light of the World, a book-length interview of Pope Benedict XVI conducted by the journalist Peter Seewald

They were not helped by the claims of some Catholics that Catholic teaching on sexuality was collapsing