Wednesday, 5 October 2011

PLC Debate Practice The Role of the Catholic Church

A relevant topic which has been making headlines of late has been the role of the Catholic Church. This is a very contentious issue and a hot topic, but if it wasn't then it wouldn't be an issue for debate! I am including all the video parts that I can find of each speaker to make the arguments as fair and balanced as I can.

This post is for educational means and not intended to shape anyones opinion or belief. It is good practice for debate students to see how the issues were dealt within a debate context.

The debate included below is from the Intelligence Squared debate on "Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world?". There are 5 parts to this debate which was broadcast on Channel 4 and involves Ann Widdicombe and John Onaiyekanon the side of the church being a force for good while Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens oppose the motion.

Please also take into account that the audience wasn't evenly balanced in terms of their viewpoint although the reality is that it is rare to get an audience with a 50-50 opinion beforehand.

The Intelligence Squared Debate (1 of 5) Hitchens, Fry, Widdecombe, Onaiyekan on the Catholic Church 

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The Intelligence Squared Debate (2 of 5) Hitchens, Fry, Widdecombe, Onaiyekan on the Catholic Church

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The Intelligence Squared Debate (3 of 5) Hitchens, Fry, Widdecombe, Onaiyekan on the Catholic Church 

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The Intelligence Squared Debate (4 of 5) Hitchens, Fry, Widdecombe, Onaiyekan on the Catholic Church 

The Intelligence Squared Debate (5 of 5) Hitchens, Fry, Widdecombe, Onaiyekan on the Catholic Church 

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