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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.

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

British fair-mindedness was the Pope’s secret weapon

Peter Tatchell at the Protest the Pope march. The atheists' campaign was just too vicious to win people over (Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire)

In the end, the atheist coalition discredited itself

The Pope has routed his enemies and brought joy to the faithful

The visit was a personal triumph for the Holy Father himself (Photo: PA)

The last four days began in anxiety, but ended in euphoria

Scotland has done us all proud; suddenly the anti-Catholic campaign has lost its power

The papal chemistry is still active on British soil; now, we can relax and enjoy the visit