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13/03/2011

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

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

This week the Dalai Lama will begin the formal process of devolving his political responsibilities to an elected figure. He announced his decision in a speech to mark the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising. Our presenter William Crawley talks to Dr Stephen Tsang, from Oxford University's Strategic Studies Group, about the significance of this move in the context of the Dalai Lama's spiritual importance to Buddhists worldwide.

The journey to Rome officially began this week for the first wave of Anglicans who want to join the Catholic Church as part of the new Ordinariate. Amongst them, Father Ed Tomlinson who along with the majority of his parishoners from St Barnabas Church in Tunbridge Wells moved up the road to celebrate mass with the parishoners of St Anselm's Catholic Church. But simple as the move may look on paper, how is it working in practice? Our teporter Trevor Barnes investigates.

Members of a Satanic sex cult were sentenced to lengthy jail terms on Friday for offences against children and adults. The court heard that they were obsessed with the 20th-century Satanist Aleister Crowley. Our presenter William Crawley talks to Dr David Barrett, author and expert on esoteric religions, about Aleister Crowley, the man who styled himself 'the Great Beast'.

A New York-based Polish historian, Professor Jan Gross, is causing a stir in his homeland over his latest book 'Golden Harvests'. He levels accusations that Poles profited from the Holocaust by handing fugitive Jews over to the Nazis. Adam Easton, the BBC's correspondent in Warsaw has spoken to Professor Gross and his critics.

It's 100 years since International Women's Day was conceived within the Socialist Movement. It's a global day to celebrate the achievements of women in all spheres of life, both past, present and future. So how much has been achieved by women within religion today? William Crawley discusses the issue with writer, broadcaster and public speaker Khola Hasan and the feminist theologian, Dr Lisa Isherwood.

E-mail: sunday@bbc.co.uk

Series producer: Amanda Hancox.

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