Religion and Ethics Report - Separate stories podc

Religion and Ethics Report - Separate stories podc


Separate stories: Make sense of today's complex world with ABC Radio National's Religion and Ethics Report. Join Andrew West for lively interviews, discussions and debates from Australia and around the globe. Published every Wednesday.


Steve Bannon,  Pope Francis and Vatican conspiracies  

Barack Obama has been accused of hacking and wiretapping the election campaign of Donald Trump – even though there’s no evidence. Now, the latest conspiracy theory has the former US president bringing down Pope Benedict XVI and replacing him with a pope more sympathetic to the Obama agenda.

Was Coopers bullied in the marriage equality debate?  

It’s not so much church and state at war in Australia this week but church and commerce.

Sara Dowse on feminism, the ethics of abortion and the need to fight old battles again  

Writer and artist Sara Dowse ran women's policy for the Whitlam government. The more things change, the more they stay the same, as old battles are never really won.

Alice Pung discusses her mentor Aung San Suu Kyi  

The Burmese democracy leader has inspired this Australian writer.

Feminist Muslims and Christian suffragettes  

You wouldn't know it from the headlines but women are leading mosques -- in the same way that Christians led the early suffragette movement for women's equality.

Mark Shriver's pilgrimage: Searching  for the real Pope Francis  

A son of America’s most famous Catholic family sets out to uncover the real Pope Francis and rebuild his own battered faith.

What explains the Catholic Church's silence on child sexual abuse?  

What if many priests and bishops stayed quiet because they were hiding their own sex lives with consenting adults? And why does the percentage of priests who sexually abuse children seem so consistent across the Catholic world?

Faith and diversity  

if you're a religious leader who's just arrived in Australia, could a course in cultural diversity help you? It's worked in 10 European countries.

Australia, Palestine and Netanyahu's visit  

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Australia. We ask how much time is left for the two-state solution.

Sweden and Trump's claims of terrorism  

Sweden's immigration program has set high standards. So what's the truth behind Trump's latest claims?

Besieged: the Copts of Egypt  

It calls itself the Church of the Martyrs, and today many Copts are feeling religious violence in the land they've called home for 2000 years

How to change the culture that creates child sexual abuse in churches?  

The royal commission into sexual abuse is challenging the churches to search their souls and ask how they could betray children.

Letters To A Young Muslim  

When you feel under siege, as if the world’s against you, should you hunker down or challenge your own team, traditions, even beliefs?

Theresa May: Going against the grain  

Is Theresa May taking the Tories to the left?

Church, aid and human rights  groups call on government to evacuate the refugee camps  

The churches say bump the Trump deal. Bring the refugees on Manus Island and Nauru to Australia.

What are some of the reasons behind child sex abuse in the Catholic Church?  

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has begun its hearings this year with an investigation into the Catholic Church's policies. Could this shine a light on why abuse has happened?

What cracked open the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church?  

When did the Vatican find out about the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church? As far back as the 80s says Thomas Doyle.

Is trump's Muslim travel ban counterproductive?  

What are the threats to civil liberties from Trump's executive orders?

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