Commented Ekklesia on Benedict XVI's Christmas message, broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 'Thought for the Day' feature, Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow said:
"The issue here is not that there is anything wrong with the BBC broadcasting a Christmas message from the Pope. It's that the BBC should now end the ban on non-religious people offering their own moral and spiritual reflections in the same 'Thought for the Day' slot.
"Ekklesia would like to see 'Thought for the Day' broadened and developed by the BBC to create a better space for conversation among those of spiritual and moral conviction - whether they are religious or otherwise - in our mixed-belief society.
"This is something Christians should welcome, rather than seeking to maintain barriers where there should be bridges. The Christian voice is most effectively heard as part of a rich, hospitable dialogue."
More here: 'Why the Pope is - and isn't - the issue in broadcasting politics' - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/13842