An interesting play on words, that...
"The Pope!? How many divisions has he got?" was apparently Stalin's dismissive response to Pierre Lavin on the proposal to include the Pope in the Allies' War Conferences. And, according to the programme, there is plenty of support for Pope Benedict XVI here in Britain, most heart-warmingly from the seminarians interviewed at Oscott.
The programme decided to highlight a few other divisions.
On the whole, it was far from the hatchet-job I feared. I was annoyed by the fact that, given the number of young people interviewed by Mark Dowd when he came to Blackfen, (none of whom have any difficulty accepting Church teaching on morality) the only teenagers to be portrayed on the programme were ones who were so poorly catechised in the tenets of the Faith that they thought their support for abortion was compatible with their professed Catholicism.
I was also irritated by the fact that Bernard Wynne was described as being involved in Stand Up for Vatican II, but his Chairmanship of the dissident group Catholics for a Changing Church was not mentioned. He and his group actively oppose Church teaching. That fact is not being made clear.
I was amused to hear that one ex-parishioner complained that she left because the choir were suddenly being required to sing more Latin. According to the documents of Vatican II, the choir should never have stopped being required to sing Latin!!
And two quotes from me made it onto the programme... I don't recall them being quite so close together in the original interview, but I was very pleased that my quoting of Pope Benedict's "Truth is not subject to a majority vote" didn't end up on the editing-room floor.
The programme is available (only for the next week) on the BBC's Listen Again feature. Several of us will hope to hear it tonight (I didn't expect to be able to listen this morning) but the evening edition is 15 minutes shorter than the morning one, and I don't know which bits will be edited out.
So far, a few other bloggers have given their verdicts. Check out Fr. Ray Blake, Fr. Michael Brown and The Sensible Bond.