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The time to separate faith from the fatherland is now

DESPITE some silly-season aspects, the debates arising out of Archbishop Brady's Knock sermon and, in particular, out of the Sikh turban question, are now revealing issues of large significance.

The crozier ain't what it used to be and the Archbishop's petulant complaints about tarot cards and astrologers are a far cry from the self-assured, dogmatic pronouncements of prelates such as John Charles McQuaid, Cornelius Lucey and Jeremiah Newman, a generation ago. Of course, Irish bishops have always condemned popular beliefs and customs outside their control, such as various rural piseogs and the lively wake amusements of our ancestors.

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