On BBC TV and radio I have heard presenters say that the Catholic Church has 1.1, 1.2 and/or 1.3 billion followers.
We're either losing members of the Mystical Body if Christ rapidly, or gaining them rapidly.
But isn't it funny how fast and loose the BBC are with figures? It's like when they repeat the figures given them by the BPAS or Marie Stopes without even bothering to check their veracity; or when they parrot homosexuals are "one in ten" when in depth reports show active homosexuals actually number under 1%.
Perhaps the saddest thing of all - following BBC insistence on tagging "paedophile" next to every mention of the Church - is the amount of online cranks I've read attacking Pope Francis as "a paedophile."
What's clear is these people hate the Catholic Church so much, even if St Francis himself sat in St Peters, they would call him a paedophile (and I mean the online cranks, not the BBC).
Ho hum. Pearls and swine I suppose?