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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.

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

The scandal of the Soho Masses

The Westminster diocese is still encouraging grave sin by approving Masses for non-celibate gay people

My memories of Beryl Bainbridge are stamped with her wonderful eccentricity

Beryl Bainbridge at an Oldie party with John Mortimer and Tom Courtenay (Photo: PA)

She was yet another lapsed Catholic estranged by ‘the Spirit of Vatican II’

Another step forward for the Apostolic Constitution

The Archbishop of Canterbury addresses the General Synod (AP Photo/Akira Suemori)

And poor old Rowan Williams is slapped down again

Cardinal Sodano is a catastrophe waiting to happen

Cardinal Sodano has blocked investigations of child abuse by senior Church figures (Photo: CNS)

His sinister record would give the press a field day if he was left in charge of the conclave

Our bishops supported Labour for so long that no one will listen if they criticise the Tories

Bishop Malcolm McMahon, chairman of the Catholic Education Service, co-operated with Schools Secretary Ed Balls over the sex education Bill

In fact, from a Catholic point of view, the coalition is doing rather well