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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.

Nothing will deflate our Church more than the wrong choice of nuncio

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, will appoint the next nuncio to Britain (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Bertone, the Pope appointed you for your orthodoxy: now, send us a nuncio in your own image

Hysterical lies about the Pope continue. It may mean he is getting somewhere

Pope Benedict XVI's gentle, positive statements at Gaudí's Sagrada Familia were described as 'railing' by the secularist media (Photo: PA)

If he were not a threat, his enemies would just ignore him

Anglo-Catholic parishes are often very close-knit: the Ordinariate will preserve that

They have prayed together under hostile pressure; now they can stay together

The Ordinariate will help reconnect the English Church to its medieval roots

The Ellesmere Manuscript: Chaucer's "povre persoun" embodies the medieval pastoral ideal

The Catholic Church in England has lost a precious tradition: of ministering to everyone living within the parish boundary

It was Pope Paul’s idea to preserve an Anglican heritage within the Catholic Church

Paul VI presents a 13th-century fresco of Christ to Dr Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury, in 1966 (Photo: AP)

An ex-Anglican jurisdiction was always taken seriously in Rome

Islam is now our interfaith priority: all the same, debate on doctrine is futile

Pope Benedict at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2006 (Photo: PA)

We should work towards fighting secularism rather than reaching an agreement on theology

The superiors of the Legion of Christ are opposing change – why not sack the lot?

Legionaries of Christ seminarians lead the recessional during a Mass in Rome (Photo: CNS)

They are supposed to believe in obedience to the pope: then let them obey

Now we have a Catholic Speaker of the House who actually believes what the Church teaches

John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, is guided by the teaching of the Church (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts)

His Catholic predecessor, who did not, has done untold harm

Parishes joining the Ordinariate will have no difficulty finding a home

St Stephen's, Gloucester Road, London: shared happily in the early 1990s by Anglicans and ex-Anglican converts

Mostly, it will be the one they already have

It’s hardly anti-Semitic to say that Palestinians have been treated unjustly

Bishops at the closing Mass of the Synod at St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Middle East bishops had a right to speak up for Palestinians at the Synod