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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.

The Ordinariate’s first monastery was erected on New Year’s Day: now, the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary should have the prayers and support of us all

Mother Winsome with Mgr Keith Newton on New Year's Day

This was a historic event not just for the Ordinariate but for the English Catholic Church as a whole: Catholics should give them financial help

The Holy Father is ‘consulting the faithful’ in preparation for next year’s synod on the family. But as Newman explained, ‘consulting’ them isn’t asking their advice

Pope Francis (CNS)

Conservatives are suspicious of, liberals excited by, the consultation of the laity on church teachings on contraception, same-sex marriage and divorce. But the teachings won’t change

The ONS is seriously considering issuing figures for all types of ‘marriage’ together, without distinction: if it does, how will we know if gay marriage is working?

'The Office for National Statistics is reviewing how it publishes its figures on marriage, civil partnership and divorce' (PA)

The ONS may even include civil partnerships: marriage statistics could provide figures only on “legally recognised partnerships”: its statistics will be meaningless

The ordinariate liturgy is even more splendid in action than it seemed on the page; the Church has absorbed elements of the Anglican patrimony I hadn’t anticipated

Mgr Keith Newton distributes Communion during the first public Ordinariate Use Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in October (Dylan Parry/ordinariate Flickr photostream)

Where Cranmer was deliberately ambiguous in his language, the CDW has removed his ambiguities: in this context, you might suppose he never apostasised

Ex-Anglicans break out of the ghetto

Mgr Keith Newton distributes Communion during the first public Ordinariate Use Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in October  (Dylan Parry/ordinariate Flickr photostream)

Thanks to Pope Francis the ordinariate is no longer only for former Anglicans

Moving to a smaller house means shedding books: but a man’s library is a history of his mind: should I, for instance, throw out Why I Am Not a Christian?

Bertrand Russell: 'The contrast with the humourless Dawkins is total' (Photo: PA)

This really was what at one time I would have called ‘my bible’: seeing that Bertrand Russell was just wrong wasn’t easy

Cricket Australia is still very lofty about ‘The Spirit of Cricket’. After their team’s loutish pleasure in humiliating England, they have a nerve

Australia captain Michael Clarke confronts England's James Anderson during the closing stages at The Gabba (PA)

The Australian captain told one English player to ‘get ready for a broken arm’. Is this really what the Ashes is all about now?

If healthcare professionals can no longer opt out of abortion, a vital pro-life witness will die. The two Glasgow midwives need our support: here’s how

The Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, where Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood, were employed as “labour ward co-ordinators” (PA)

These brave women have taken their cause to the Supreme Court in London. This is now a vital test case. SPUC have taken on the costs: they urgently need our financial help

The Holy Father has just fervently declared his support for Benedict XVI’s vision of the Church, and has issued a clear rejection of the so-called ‘Spirit of Vatican II’

Pope Francis greeting Benedict XVI at the Vatican in July (CNS)

As attendance at Mass and the confessional ‘soars’, his pastoral strategy is looking clearer; who knows? The ‘Francis effect’ may even prove durable

Pope Francis ‘leaves the exposition of doctrine to others, and reserves for himself the merciful style of the care of souls’: is he playing a dangerous game?

Pope Francis speaks to reporters on his flight home from Rio (CNS)

He has, says Sandro Magister, inaugurated a ‘twofold communicative register’, the existence of which the Press has simply not caught up with. Maybe it never will.