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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.

Reforming the Church is a complex, almost an impossible task. Already, criticism of the Pope’s delays is beginning to mount: he needs our prayers

Cardinal Timothy Dolan  (CNS)

There have also been scandals implied about some of those he has appointed: the truth of these has been denied by his spokesman, but the gossip persists

The lie of ‘Hitler’s Pope’ collapses, little by little: now, an important new book shows how Pius XII’s protection of the Jews worked on the ground

Pius XII prepares to give a radio address in 1943 (CNS)

Two English Bridgettines exemplified how Jews were not merely hidden in religious houses: they were also nurtured and profoundly respected as Jews

Chesterton’s Cause has not yet been officially opened: but this is surely the beginning of the end of many years of prayer for that day to come

GK Chesterton in Brighton in 1935  (AP) Below: Statue of St Therese Lisieux at The National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, USA (CNS)

It was inevitable that sooner or later the devotion of so many to the conviction of Chesterton’s holiness should be recognised

A Tale of Two Speeches: the Queen’s imaginary World War III address; and the ‘Evil Empire’ speech, which showed why it was a futile exercise

A page showing President Reagan's edits to his 'Evil Empire' speech (AP)

It was the détente policy dismantled by President Reagan which had placed us in danger: rearmament and confrontation which made us safe

Whistleblowing in England is now honoured. So it should be in the US: Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are not traitors, but patriotic Americans

Bradley Manning faces 'a grotesquely long prison sentence' (AP)

Both have practised civil disobedience in the national interest: but that is in the highest traditions of their national culture

The Olympic games now bask in our rosy memory bank of British triumphs (and averted disasters); but there was a negative inheritance too

Great Britain's Nicolas Woodbridge competes in London 2012's Modern Pentathlon at Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park may have been permanently damaged, whatever the appearances that it has been restored to what it was

Even at the time, I supported Mary Whitehouse: now, even on the Left, she has been vindicated. She was right, because she was motivated by her faith

Mary Whitehouse leaves the Old Bailey in London in 1982 (PA)

She wasn’t afraid of being laughed at by the fashionable intelligentsia. Her passion for decency and her hatred of ‘filth’ were inspired by her love of God

Pope Francis has consecrated Vatican City State to St Michael the Archangel, and asked him to drive out the evil one: the battle against corruption begins

Pope Francis embraces Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in which Francis blessed a new statue of St. Michael the Archangel  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

The Holy Father sees the reform of the Roman curia as involving a great deal more than any mere inefficiency in its administration

How many Catholic adoption societies have actually closed down; and how many are now quietly handing children over to gay adoptive parents?

Bishop Kieran Conry of Arundel and Brighton (Photo: Mazur)

Which formerly Catholic adoption societies have changed their names, accepted the law, and been quietly accepted by their bishops?

There’s a lot of talk about the Pope’s ‘hundred days’. That makes me nervous: Napoleon’s, after all, did not end well for him

Pope Francis  (Photo: CNS)

The Pope has established himself as a pastor; now, he must assume his role as teacher and defender of the faith in a secular culture