The BBC 4 documentary on the Vatican was very interesting in the sense that it gave us a behind the scenes look at Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and also a look at the tomb of St Peter.
It was also interesting in that it followed a part of the lives of some young people serving the Holy Father and guards charged with his protection.
Sadly, however, the documentary gave very little credence to the very core of the Church and that is its spiritual and supernatural aspect. While it followed the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi through the streets of Rome, the narrator focused on the Pope traveling in the 'Pope-mobile' and spoke of the thousands of faithful following him. Yet, the narrator failed to acknowledge the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament sitting in front of the Pope. That was the 'real' reason for the faithful following. It is Christ that is the centre of the pilgrims' worship.
This is most disappointing in the sense that it reinforces a growing trend by the media to completely avoid the spiritual and supernatural aspects of faith, instead focusing on the purely physical elements that will catch the attention of those who do not believe in the supernatural. It is a pandering to the increasingly secular society in which we live here in the UK.
The Catholic Church glorifies God. It follows the way of Christ. It relies on the Holy Spirit to breathe through it and encourage it to grow in ever deeper faith. Without the supernatural and spiritual the Catholic Church is nothing.
The BBC would do well to acknowledge the true Church, rather than an airy fairy attempt to placate non-believers.