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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.

Why we waited 15 years for an Ordinariate: the inside story

The late Cardinal Hume withdrew his support for parish-based conversions in the early 1990s because of the opposition of some bishops (Photo: PA)

In the words of Cardinal Ratzinger then, ‘what are the English bishops afraid of?’

Is it going too far to say that the Roman Curia is a ‘train wreck’? Probably not

Pope Benedict XVI speaks to journalists on the papal plane (Photo: CNS)

It’s time for reform. No pontificate can reach its full potential with an incompetent Vatican bureaucracy

If we’re going to give Pakistan all those billions, it should repeal its blasphemy laws now

AsiaNews is urging people who oppose the death sentence on Asia Bibi to write to the Pakistan president, Asif Ali Zardari, pictured with Gordon Brown at a news conference in New York (Darren Staples/PA Wire)

If Ireland has to accept external interference for economic aid, why not Pakistan?

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