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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.

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?

The Oxford ‘Asian grooming gang’ were not in fact all Asian. But they were all Muslim: is this a problem we are afraid to face?

A court sketch of the men convicted yesterday (Photo: PA)

It is in fact a dilemma for their religious community and not for the “Asian” community – if such a thing exists

Why did Cameron lose so many votes to Ukip last week? One important reason is the threat he continues to pose to the institution of marriage

The State Opening of Parliament. The same-sex marriage Bill is likely to be included in the Queen's speech today (Photo: PA)

If his ‘gay marriage’ bill is in the Queen’s speech, he will lose the next election

Soon the media will discover that, like all popes, this one is no liberal. Then they will turn against him; and normality will return

The Pope preaches during a mass service (CNS)

The Holy Father has his own idiosyncratic way of talking about the faith and of connecting with the faithful. But he really isn’t about to reinvent the papacy

Ken Clarke says Ukip voters are closet racists and loonies. Well, I’m not a racist. And Clarke would have had us in the eurozone: he’s the loonie, surely?

Nigel Farage (Photo: PA)

Ukip policies are mostly either sensible or profoundly right. So until the Tories come to their senses I shall be voting for them

Conviction politics is back, they say. But will the politicians keep it up; and do they really mean it?

A shopper browses Charles Moore's biography of Margaret Thatcher (PA)

If you believe that there is such a thing as truth, then you have to tell those who disagree with you, voters or not, that they are just wrong