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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.

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

Edmund Adamus said our society was hedonistic, anti-life and anti-family – all true. So why was he slapped down?

John Paul II, at Bellahouston Park, near Glasgow, in 1982, coined the phrase 'culture of death' (Photo: PA)

The last two popes have said it all: or should we keep quiet about that, too?

The lie that Newman was cold and aloof needs to be hit on the head

One line repeated on the radio recently was that Newman did not speak to other members of his community for 20 years (CNS photo/courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales)

There are so many stories about his warmth and charity it is hard to know where to begin

Why have our bishops done nothing to prepare us for the new Mass translation?

The US bishops have put the new translation on their website

The new text is resonant and accurate: it puts to shame the translations we use at the moment

Would I ever throw a cat in a wheelie bin? I wish I could be sure

Mary Bale put a cat in a bin because she thought it was funny. But could you do the same? (Photo: PA wire)

In fact, I suspect that I might be capable of something much worse

If corruption is not tackled urgently, Pakistan won’t get the money it needs

A camp set up by the Pakistan Army for the thousands displaced by the flood (Photo: AP)

To begin with, where did President Ali Zardari get his personal fortune of £1.5 billion? I only ask

The closure of a 500-year-old ironmonger’s marks the death of something in our national soul

Gill and Gill sold everything from tools and tin tacks to scythes and wax candles (photo courtesy of the Oxford Times)

Gill and Gill traded under 20 monarchs and 76 prime ministers: now we are living in a new and impersonal world