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Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Episode #142

On this episode, Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly contributing correspondent Margaret Wertheim reports from California on the new drive to build a community of scientists willing to work with theologians. News Item: Anti-tobacco legislation and a campaign to reach out to minority communities were just two of the many items on the agenda for the annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. meeting being held this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly contributing correspondent and former NBC News correspondent John Dancy looks at the denomination's 564-member General Assembly and its push to change the annual meeting's focus from debating the ordination of homosexuals to proposing ways to rebuild its dwindling membership. Cover Story: Sex and the Pulpit: ?And then his tongue went in my mouth. An d my life has never been the same since.? Those were the chilling words of a women sexually abused by her priest. Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly takes an in-depth look at what happens when male clergy cross the forbidden line of trusted advisors and counselors and take advantage of their female parishioners. RENW correspondent Mary Alice Williams talks to victims about the abuse not only from the clergy but the church itself and to the abusers about the consequences after this betrayal of trust. [26 minutes] Closed Captioning

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Series Description: This series provides in-depth coverage of the top religion and ethics stories of the week as well as religious and ethical perspectives on domestic and foreign events and the arts. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy, the series brings viewers breaking news through live and taped reports filed by a team of correspondents in the field and interviews with prominent newsmakers.

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