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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.

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

The Pope’s enemies have, we can only hope, done their worst. As the visit begins, we must watch and pray

The media will not let up. Watch out for the innuendoes and smears

The campaign against the Pope and the Church will be swept away by the visit itself

The Catholic Voices website is indispensable

But the campaign to defend them will, I hope, endure long after the visit is over

Whatever the BBC says we ought to think, celibacy is still one of the jewels in our crown

Men lie prostrate during their ordination to the priesthood in St Peter's Basilica (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Their latest pope-bashing operation is entirely irrelevant to a Church which thinks in centuries

Should Catholics vote to leave the EU in a referendum?

The EU functions like a micro-manager (Photo: PA)

I say, let us depart: Brussels is now the capital of a quasi-imperialist hegemony

Whether the Koran is burned or not, Muslims will think the West has it in for them

Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Centre (Photo: AP)

Protests about how much we respect Islam do not seem to do much good

Distressed by the atheist onslaught? Get a grip of yourself

Distressed by the atheist onslaught? Get a grip of yourself

This is how things are meant to be: get used to it

‘Why is the Church so hard-hearted as to refuse Holy Communion to remarried divorcees?’

The BBC asked me this twice in one morning. And the reason is simple: it’s a matter of obedience. Nobody said being a Catholic was easy