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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.

How come that empty papal chair has become so widely interpreted as symbolic, even sinister? Is this part of a curial anti-Francis conspiracy?

Pope Francis's now famous empty chair (AP)

What exactly is the meaning of that ‘Enigma of the Empty Chair’? Everyone seems agreed that there must be one

The Holy Father says he is too ‘disorganised’ to reform the Roman Curia. But the corruption has to be driven out. What he needs is a Godly hit man

Pope Francis  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

That can, surely, only be his new Secretary of State, who should know the Vatican well but not be of it. There is one obvious candidate

Pope Francis, as I hoped, will complete Pope Benedict’s unfinished encyclical: it will be a striking illustration of the hermeneutic of continuity

Benedict XVI and Pope Francis (Photo: CNS)

It would have been a kind of tragedy if this “strong document” had been privately published

I was wrong and uncharitable to suggest that the Pope should not be meeting Archbishop Welby. But about our relationship with Anglicanism I got it right

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby (PA)

Above all, ARCIC is the institutionalisation of the indifferentism which has so weakened faith in the parishes since the Sixties

On Friday, the Pope will meet Archbishop Welby. So, why do we continue talking to the Anglicans after they have so wilfully made unity impossible?

The Archbishop of Canterbury Most Reverend Justin Welby is to visit Pope Francis on Friday (Photo: PA)

To behave as though women priests and gay bishops make no difference to our relations is to do violence to the truth

The Archbishop of Canterbury made a good speech against the gay marriage Bill: but why did he grovel to the government?

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby (Photo: PA)

The contribution of the Anglican bishops was feeble: what are they there for?

Pope Francis is under attack for saying that outside the Church there is no salvation: it’s a “poke in the eye” says one Presbyterian. Here is why he’s wrong

During a homily in May Pope Francis said: "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone." Photo: PA

It’s hardly a personal opinion: these people seem to think that Popes just spend their time spouting their own prejudices

Thank God for the Catholic Truth Society, semper fidelis: more a cornucopia than a publishing company

The Catholic Truth Society website lists its latest publications

English Catholics owe the CTS a debt of gratitude which is rarely expressed as it should be

The secular media is beginning to think that Pope Francis is obsessed by the devil: but the Holy Father simply teaches what Our Lord did

Pope Francis greets bishops inside St Peter's Basilica (Photo: PA)

Vigilance against the wiles of Satan, who roams the earth, seeking whom he may devour, is fundamental to the faith of the New Testament

Pope Benedict didn’t finish his final encyclical. His first, Deus Caritas Est, was started by Pope John Paul: couldn’t Pope Francis complete his last?

Pope Francis greets the Pope Emeritus at Castel Gandolfo (CNS)

Even better; we now have two popes: why not the first joint papal document?