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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.

Archbishop Nichols has got it right about the Big Society

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster (Mazur/

Fingers crossed: let’s hope it all goes somewhere

We should become friends of the US, not ‘partners’

We  should become friends of the US, not ‘partners’

There has in recent years been far too much subservience

A Muslim MP fears Islamist violence at Cofton Park

The Islamic Standard website

The resulting Islamophobia would be an even greater disaster

We do have a part to play in the Pope’s protection

Pope Benedict is the object of widespread calumnies

The priority is to start the fightback over child abuse

Mr Cameron: do we really want Turkey in the EU?

Photo: PA

Van Rompuy is right: Turkey is not, and will never be, a part of Europe

Is tourism the new world religion?

The Cipriani in Venice

Yet again, it’s the season of long haul flights to paradise and of ‘holidays in hell’

Does the Pope really agree with Bishop Kieran Conry?

Bishop Kieran Conry pictured with Pope Benedict XVI in January

When it comes to evangelisation, the two of them seem to be heading in opposite directions

Conrad Black’s name is at last being cleared

Conrad Black is routinely described by the BBC as "disgraced" even though his conviction is likely to be set aside (Photo: PA)

But his enemies here will never accept his vindication, whatever the US Supreme Court says

The Beatles never entirely shook off the Catholicism of their youth

The Beatles grew up in Liverpool at a time when Catholic children learnt all the basic prayers by heart (CNS file photo/Capitol Records)

Their songs included powerful and touching hymns to Mary and to creation

Cardinal Ouellet holds the future of the English Church in his hands

Cardinal Ouellet's views on abortion have made him unpopular among feminists in Canada (Photo: CNS)

He is an excellent choice as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. But Cardinal Pell would have been better