30/10/2011

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

The Vatican has ordered an inquiry into child sex abuse at Ealing Abbey and the adjoining school in west London. Jane speaks to Sean O'Neill, Crime Editor of the Times on the paper's investigation into a number of high-profile cases at the Abbey. She also hears from Bishop John Arnold, the man appointed by Rome to conduct the Apostolic Visitation.

Tearfund aid worker, Babatope Akinwande, has just come back from the Ivory Coast. He finds out how the country is coping 5 months after the civil war ended.

Is the Buckle coming off the US bible belt? Georgia is one of only three states that ban the sale of alcohol from off-licences on Sundays. For years the Christian Right was able to keep business interests at bay, but now more than 100 towns and cities across Georgia, will hold local referenda on the issue next month. Matt Wells reports.

Assisi Meeting . 10 Faiths will launch the Green Pilgrimage Network on Monday. The idea is to make religious pilgrimages, which they claim 100 million take part in every year, much more environmentally friendly. William Crawley speaks to Martin Palmer from the Alliance of Religion and Conservation.

Middle East. An update on the Arab spring encompassing Tunisian Elections, Libyan Transition and the withdrawal of the US Ambassador to Syria. Jane discusses the state of the region with Professor Paul Rogers from Bradford University and Professor Fawaz Gerges from the LSE.

God and Mammon. With a protest and a resignation on its doorstep Trevor Barnes reports on a traumatic week for St Pauls Cathedral asking where next for the protestors and the church? Should Christians be opposing the protestors or joining them? And did a statement from the Vatican this week calling for moral reform of the World financial system mirror some of the protestors demands?

Jane will also talk to religious commentator Stephen Bates about what impact St Paul's will have on the church's image.

Series Producer: Amanda Hancox.

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