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The Religion and Ethics Report, where religion and ethics meet news and current affairs in Australia and around the world.

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The Religion and Ethics Report, where religion and ethics meet news and current affairs in Australia and around the world.

    Why the Hillsong empire is in turmoil

    Why the Hillsong empire is in turmoil

    Founder of the Hillsong megachurch, Brian Houston, faces court in Sydney this week. But whatever the outcome of the trial, the Hillsong empire is in turmoil, after controversies involving church figures in the US.

    • 10 min
    When does religious homage become appropriation?

    When does religious homage become appropriation?

    Have you hiked the Camino trail in Spain? Many of you regularly roll out the yoga mat. Some of you may even tinker with a little Zen decor at home. But are these acts of curiosity, taste, or are they appropriating a something deeply religious? 

    • 26 min
    Should healthcare workers be allowed to conscientiously vote?

    Should healthcare workers be allowed to conscientiously vote?

    If you’re a doctor opposed to euthanasia or a nurse with qualms about late-term abortion, should you have the right to opt out of such procedures, even when they’re entrenched in law? Australian ethicist Dr Xavier Symons wades into this debate in his new book, Why Conscience Matters: A Defence of Conscientious Objection Healthcare.

    • 15 min
    Netanyahu’s right-wing headache

    Netanyahu’s right-wing headache

    American Catholics have a new leader.  Archbishop Timothy Broglio, chief chaplain to the US defence forces, is the next president of the national bishops conference. He’s a conservative who could find himself caught up in the next US election and out of step with Pope Francis. In the 1990s, he also worked in the Vatican, for a cardinal accused of protecting an abusive priest. Joshua McElwee from the independent newspaper, The National Catholic Reporter, explains this tense situation.

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    Presenter: Andrew West
    Producer: Hong Jiang
    Sound Engineer: Russell Stapleton

    • 7 min
    American Catholics have a conservative new leader

    American Catholics have a conservative new leader

    American Catholics have a new leader. Archbishop Timothy Broglio, chief chaplain to the US defence forces, is the next president of the national bishops conference. He’s a conservative who could find himself caught up in the next US election and out of step with Pope Francis. In the 1990s, he also worked in the Vatican, for a cardinal accused of protecting an abusive priest. Joshua McElwee from the independent newspaper, The National Catholic Reporter, explains this tense situation.

    • 7 min
    Benjamin Netanyahu and the far-right in his government

    Benjamin Netanyahu and the far-right in his government

    Israel's president has officially asked Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government. Netanyahu will rely on his traditional allies in the orthodox religious parties but also on a far-right parliamentary group called the Religious Zionists. And that's where it gets controversial because this party embraces ethnic nationalism and anti-Arab rhetoric.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

simply marvellous ,

Wonderful

Thank you Stan Grant for such thoughtful, stimulating, respectful insights & interviews, a joy to hear you at the helm in Andrew West’s absence. Wonderful to have this program amidst the noise of daily life.

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Another brilliant podcast as usual

One of the most informative programs examining ethical matters that are relevant to all in our everyday lives. Thank you once again Andrew West and team.

moto will ,

Wonderful

This has been my favourite podcast for many years and there is nothing like it on any other platform. Andrew West asks compelling and complex questions, so refreshing to hear a nuanced approach to controversial and important topics. Thank you!

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