Are preparations for Pope Benedict's visit to England and Scotland on track? Well, sort of.

The papal visit in September will be the first since Pope John Paul II's pastoral visit in 1982 and the first ever papal state visit to these shores.

But there have been murmurings in the national press that things may not be going quite according to plan - and we're not just talking government slip-ups.

nicholsIt is true that most of the nods and winks have come from the Daily Telegraph - or in the case of its blogger Damian Thompson, the bulk of the shouting.

But a public relations exercise this week by the leader of the Roman Catholics in England and Wales, the Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, left this reporter slightly uneasy.