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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.

Forcing through the same-sex marriage Bill will bring Cameron down: his determination to do it shows how out of touch he has become

David Cameron is setting up a cabinet level task force to combat Islamic extremism (Photo: PA)

He has thrown away his authority as Tory leader over an issue utterly irrelevant to the nation’s problems. Is he mad?

Not only was Gerald Scarfe’s cartoon not anti-Semitic; hysterically saying it was makes any rational criticism of it impossible

Israeli forces march along Israel's separation barrier (Photo: PA)

To accuse Scarfe of a ‘blood libel’ is unpardonably over the top: accusations of that seriousness should be more carefully made

Cardinal Brady now has a coadjutor, and will almost certainly retire early, after a wholly undeserved media witch-hunt, incited by the BBC

Cardinal Seán Brady talks to the press outside Armagh Cathedral (Photo: PA)

He has suffered a profound injustice: and the BBC now has yet another reason to be ashamed of itself

The persecution of Christians in Morsi’s Egypt is now serious. So, will Obama use his billion dollar subsidy in their defence? Don’t hold your breath

A man weeps over the coffin of a Copt killed in clashes in Cairo last year (AP)

Obama’s personal history may explain why

Mr Cameron said that if necessary, he will legislate to make it clear that people can wear religious symbols at work. So: when’s he going to do it?

Shirley Chaplin poses with her crucifix necklace (Photo: PA)

Three out of four claimants who say their religious rights have been infringed have been rejected by Strasbourg. What about them, Mr Cameron?

A group of Catholic bishops is encouraging pilgrimages to the Holy Land. It really seems that despite everything, it’s safe again: so go if you can

A carpenter's workshop in Nazareth village, a convincing evocation of Nazareth in the time of Our Lord

A decade ago, pilgrimage travel companies just weren’t going there: now, they’re running full Holy Land tours

Have the Soho Masses really been stopped? Their organisers are delighted: they have been put in charge of the new regime, and are bent on growth

The Soho Masses community is moving to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street

They won’t be organising Masses for themselves: they say they’ll just take over what’s already provided in Farm Street

The Soho Masses are now to be discontinued; and the ordinariate has its ‘cathedral’; all we need now is to clarify Catholic teaching on civil unions

Archbishop Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

The Church of England accepts them: but the CDF has made it clear that we do not. But things seem a little ambiguous here. How come?

A pristine new religious community in England, full of life and confidence, is a sign of hope: we must all pray for the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Oxford Oratory

Their reception into the Church will bring many of the Oxford Movement’s deepest insights

The Wantage community was one of the first Anglican religious orders; the conversion of its core members heralds the end of Anglo-Catholicism

The sisters will follow the Rule of St Benedict (Photo: Fr James Bradley)

The sisters will be received into the Ordinariate; their avoidable expulsion from their convent has been a heavy price to pay