Association of Catholic Priests
This week the Association of Catholic Priests submitted a list of issues to the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children, centring on the rights and responsibilities due to a priest when abuse allegations are made. Father Tony Flannery and the commentator Michelle Marken discuss the issue.
Right to die case
The right to die debate has reached a Dublin courtroom for the first time, with Multiple Sclerosis sufferer Marie Fleming seeking to remove the ban on assisted suicide. Dearbhail McDonald, legal editor at the Irish Independent, has been following the case.
There's always more than one way to tackle a crisis and we saw that in the British and Irish budget statements this week, Britain opting for the slow, slow approach to recovery and the Republic opting for stinging cuts particularly in benefits. Discussing the moral and ethical implications of this are Brian Lucey, professor of economics at Trinity College, and David Vance.
William talks to the actor David Suchet who set out on a personal journey around the Mediterranean to uncover the story of a man he has longed to play - the biblical Saint Paul. Paul did more than any other individual to transform the fledgling Jesus Movement from an obscure Jewish sect into a new global religion. But what drove him to embark on his extraordinary missionary journeys around the pagan world? And what made David Suchet want to find out? In the Footsteps of St Paul goes out on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th December at 9am on BBC1.
William talks to East Belfast MP Naomi Long, unionist commentator Alex Kane and republican Danny Morrison about the decision to stop flying the union flag at Belfast City Hall, and the public reaction this week.
In his new book Blood Sweat and Tears, published by Liberties Press, ex-army officer and security analyst with the Irish Times Tom Clonan brings his experience as a young Irish officer in Lebanon to life.
Same sex marriage
The Prime Minister David Cameron wants churches in England and Wales to be allowed to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, a bold move with some strong opposition within his own party. To discuss this are the Reverend Chris Hudson of All Souls Church Belfast who supports the move, and in the other corner is the Reverend Dr Norman Hamilton, former moderator of the Presbyterian Church.
Lyric Theatre's comedy review of the year
In studio are writers Dan Gordon and Gary Mitchell to give a preview of The Lyric Theatre’s comedy review of the year Forget Turkey! (We're going to Phuket this Christmas), which runs until the 13th January.
Provocative weekly debate with William Crawley on moral, religious and ethical issues.