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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.

What Peter Robinson wants is a religious scorched earth policy

Educating Catholics and Protestants in separate schools is a 'benign form of apartheid', according to Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson (Photo: PA)

The Church is doing better in Ulster against the new secularism than the Protestant churches

A Herald blogger gets readers who wouldn’t be seen dead reading the paper’s print edition

Many unlikely readers end up on CatholicHerald.co.uk thanks to Google

This can be unnerving: how to proceed?

Like everyone else 30 years ago, the Church failed to understand paedophilia

Some respected campaigners even regarded it as a civil right

It was surely praying at their ‘makeshift shrine’ that kept the Chilean miners sane

Four miners carry a statue of San Lorenzo, the patron saint of miners, to the rescue shaft at the San Jose mine in Chile

One of their first requests, after a crucifix, was for statues of Our Lady and the saints

Removing child benefit makes sense – but not if it punishes couples for marrying

David and Samantha Cameron at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham (Photo: PA)

This unintended consequence has to be dealt with as a matter of urgency

I disagree with George Weigel – you don’t kick an atheist while he’s down

George Weigel says the secularists are in danger of becoming a Paisley 2.0. Above, the Rev Ian Paisley protests against the Pope's visit in Edinburgh (PA)

If our bishops put the boot in to the New Atheists now, wouldn’t that rebound on us?

Let’s bring World Youth Day to Britain

Spanish pilgrims in Sydney react as Pope Benedict XVI announces that World Youth Day 2011 will take place in Madrid (Photo: PA)

A World Youth Day here in 2012 or 2013 would build on the momentum of the Benedict bounce

Who next, now that Newman has been raised to our altars? It can surely only be G K Chesterton

GK Chesterton: 'a giant, spiritually as well as physically' (Photo: PA)

He was nothing like our traditional idea of what a saint is like: but his time has come

The papal visit was a PR success: but no thanks to some anti-papal English Catholics

The papal visit was a PR success: but no thanks to some anti-papal English Catholics

Are we now to expect a quiet undermining of what the Pope achieved?

Mr Cameron, if you really mean what you say, you must allow our adoption agencies to re-open

David Cameron and Pope Benedict XVI at the farewell ceremony at Birmingham International Airport (Photo: PA)

Otherwise you will prove just how empty your words are