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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.

Pope Francis has his own way of doing things: but that doesn’t mean he is reinventing the Catholic religion. If you’re worried, you should calm down: all is well

Pope Francis (CNS)

He prefers to communicate by means of discussion and conversation rather than preaching at people. But he never places the teachings of the church in any doubt

When, next year, Benedict XVI’s predecessor is canonised, will he once more be spontaneously acclaimed as ‘John Paul the Great’? He will by me

Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

Like Leo the Great and Gregory the Great, he both exerted geopolitical influence and reasserted the teaching authority of the Holy See

The Catholic co-chairman of ARCIC III is reported as having said that the ban on administering Communion to Anglicans might be relaxed. Well, did he?

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Archbishop Longley ought now to issue a retraction, or ‘clarification’ of some kind, in an attempt to undo the damage his interview has done

In Mulieris Dignitatem (as I had my own reasons to realise at the time) Pope John Paul gave the definitive Catholic answer to modern secular feminism

Polish woman greets Blessed John Paul II (CNS)

It’s when you take Mary out of the equation—as first Protestantism and then modern secularism did—that the secular feminism of our own day inevitably emerges in the end

Some Catholic ‘traditionalists’ have about the same relationship with the Catholic tradition as the BNP with the English Conservative tradition

Pope Francis in silhouette during a private audience today (AP)

Pope Francis is sometimes unnerving. But he is after all the Pope, the Vicar of Christ. To some Catholics who claim to defend orthodox belief that means nothing

Is Pope Francis thinking of appointing as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship a disciple of Annibale Bugnini deeply hostile to Benedict XVI’s reforms?

Archbishop Piero Marini adjusts Benedict XVI's skullcap in 2007 (AP)

If Archbishop Piero Marini really is appointed, it will be an unmistakeable declaration that we are all to be plunged back into the hermeneutic of discontinuity and rupture

The accusation against Pope Francis that his policy was to avoid the contentious moral issues turns out to be wrong. He is, after all, a sign of contradiction

Pope Francis (AP)

Now he has made a passionate declaration against abortion, on the protection of the vulnerable against being ‘discarded’, because they, too, are in the image of Christ

A plea to the Pope: please, Holy Father, overrule the Curia’s probably illegal instruction to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate not to use the 1962 Missal

Pope Francis leaving the Basilica of St John Lateran earlier this week (CNS)

The motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’ says that they need ‘no permission from the Apostolic See’ to celebrate the Tridentine Mass: their congregation has acted ultra vires

Having fast-tracked Pope John’s canonisation, will Pope Francis do the same for Pius XII? According to one source, he intends to. Fingers crossed

Pope Pius XII, pictured in 1943, preparing to give a radio address (CNS)

Now the ‘Hitler’s Pope’ calumny has been so comprehensively discredited, there is no reason for Pope Pius’s cause to be obstructed any longer

The Pope’s new Secretary of State has said things which have thrilled the ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ boys to bits: but there’s nothing here for them

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Of course clerical celibacy isn’t a dogma; and Archbishop Parolin thinks that the Church is collegial when the Pope listens first and then decides