Friday 19 March 2010
UPDATE - MORE DETAILS ON TONIGHT'S PROGRAMME:
Revelations of paedophilia within the Irish Catholic Church have rocked the institution.
Pope Benedict has written a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland with guidelines on preventing and punishing sexual abuse of children by priests. The letter will be published by the Vatican on Saturday and read at Sunday Mass.
However the allegations of child abuse are not confined to the Irish Catholic Church and more abuse claims have been emerging across Europe, turning this into a worldwide problem.
Some long-time observers of the Vatican say they've never seen a graver crisis affecting the Church.
Tonight our reporter Paraic O'Brien asks what the Catholic Church can do to recover its moral authority.
We'll have the latest on the BA strike due to start tomorrow.
Plus our science editor Susan Watts reports on the continuing fight for compensation from the government by British haemophiliacs who contracted HIV and Hepatitis C after being given contaminated blood.
Join Gavin at 10.30pm on BBC Two.
ENTRY FROM 1153 GMT
On tonight's programme, what next for the scandal-hit Catholic Church?
Pope Benedict has written a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland with guidelines on preventing and punishing sexual abuse of children by priests. The letter will be read out at Sunday Mass.
But will it do enough to stop one of the worst crises in the Catholic Church of the last century? Paraic O'Brien has the latest.
And Susan Watts has a report on the British haemophiliacs and their families who are still waiting for compensation after they were infected with viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis C from NHS blood treatment.
Join us at 10.30pm.