Catholics set to pass Anglicans as leading UK church - that was the lead story in the Times on Thursday - the story was based on a report from Cambridge University into the lives of Catholic immigrants, which also predicted that the number of regular Catholic churchgoers will soon overtake Anglicans on present trends. It was not a story - or rather a prediction - that got much coverage on the BBC. Why?
In our editorial meeting, one of the team had pitched it as a story, but in between the government's defeat over its consultation on nuclear power or Peter Hain's speech on inequality, the consensus was it didn't quite make it as a story for that day's programme.
Earlier in the day, I was doing a Q&A for a training workshop for journalists where we were discussing The World Tonight's editorial agenda and the question of whether the BBC's coverage of religion and religious issues is fair came up, following recent criticism of the BBC's journalism from some of the churches and other religious groups.
This got me thinking. Are we fair in the way we cover religions and religious issues? Now, I don't accept the idea put forward by prominent Christians that there is a secular ideology that prevents religions and religious viewpoints from getting a fair hearing. To me, the use of the term ideology presumes some kind of organised system of thought, while it seems to me that the real concern of organised religions is that in pluralistic societies their beliefs are afforded equivalence with any or all other beliefs while the nature of faith is such that it precludes a relativist approach.
But coming back to the editorial meeting, I wonder whether we decided the story about attendances at Catholic Church being set to overtake those of their Anglican equivalents didn't make it, not because we are followers of a secular ideology, but because many of us lack empathy with the religious worldview, and so we underestimate the importance of religious stories, unless they relate to other more political issues like equal rights for homosexuals or women - hence we cover the debate over the Catholic Church's request for their adoption agencies to opt out of anti-discrimination legislation or the potential schism in the Anglican church over attitudes to homosexuality.
If this is the case, then it is surprising given the increasingly important role of religion in world affairs over the past two decades or so.