I suppose it must be fashionable in some media circles, to set up Christians in general, and the Catholic Church in particular, as something which 'enlightened' folk snigger at. As a kind of standing joke about those little people who still cling to medieval, superstitious beliefs, despite modern advances in reason and science.
Marina Hyde, writing in the Guardian, would apparently like all religions (which she describes as being 'full of tall tales') to be forced to justify what she thinks of as their "doctrinal lunacies".
And later comes the real point of her article:
" Imagine for a moment a Bashir-type interviewing some senior cardinal. "So," he might inquire, "you're saying that by some magic the communion wafer actually becomes the flesh of a man who died 2,000 years ago, a man who – and I don't want to put words into your mouth here – we might categorise as an imaginary friend who can hear the things you're thinking in your head? And when you've done that, do you mind going over the birth control stuff?"
What a shame that we see rather fewer of these exchanges, however amusing and useful a sideshow Scientology may be."
The birth control stuff?
Are some journalists too lazy to be bothered, or what?