27/03/2011

Jane Little with the religious and ethical news of the week. Moral arguments and perspectives on stories, familiar and unfamiliar.

Is the no-fly zone working? We will have the latest on Libya and will ask what next for the region as a whole. Jane Little speaks to Sir Richard Dalton, former British Ambassador to Libya.

Two weeks after the devastating earthquake and tsunami Japan faces the problem of how to carry out a large number of funerals with proper ceremony and honour. Jane speaks to Professor Ian Reader from Manchester University about how traditional Japanese ceremonies are having to be adapted to deal with the crisis.

Calvinism Package. Matt Wells reports on the surprising growth of Calvinism in Washington DC. Why are the strict teachings from 16th century Geneva suddenly so popular?

Anniversary of Death of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Jane talks to Fr Juan Hernández Pico, a Central American Jesuit who is in the UK to deliver the Romero Lecture.

Kevin Bouquet explores claims made by survivors of clerical abuse at a top Manchester school in the 50s and 60s at the hands of an alleged paedophile priest. The Diocese has apologised, but for victims that gesture is too little and too late.

Is Discrimination ever positive? On Monday the Northern Ireland Secretary of State will end the 50-50 recruitment policy for the PSNI, brought in under the Patten Reforms. The two largest churchs are split over whether its too soon to end the policy. Jane speaks with Rev Dr Lesley Carroll and Dr Nicola Rooney about where to go from here.

It's been hailed as a 'budget for growth' but also one containing painful cuts. Jane interviews Ilyas Khan, Chairman of Leonard Cheshire Disability and explores the impact that cutbacks and proposed welfare changes may have on those people with disabilities.

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Series producer: Amanda Hancox.

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