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shake down the thunder

By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Feb 21, 2007

In his Ash Wednesday homily Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh, the primate of All Ireland, asks:

Has the time not come for us to ditch, once and for all, the caricature of the drunken Irish and to consign it to the realm of history along with the slur of the Fighting Irish? [emphasis added]

Slur? Does that mean the term shouldn't be used?

American college football fans have already seen Redmen and Warriors morph into politically-correct birds and mammals. But if the day comes when you see the leprechaun in the South Bend unemployment line, you can kiss the Notre Dame endowment goodbye.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 26, 2007 3:23 PM ET USA

    So, Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh is fighting mad or is he just looking to have Notre Dame pay him off like FSU did the Seminoles? Next, a casino in Florida!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 25, 2007 6:37 AM ET USA

    I maintain that Notre Dame won't win another National Championship until there are more people at the Grotto than at the Pep Rally on Friday nights. I always like the fact that the statement "Notre Dame is #1" translates into English as "Our Lady is #1".

  • Posted by: - Feb. 23, 2007 7:58 AM ET USA

    Wait a minute, Notre Dame is a "Catholic University?" I'll have one of the pickled eggs, please.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2007 9:05 PM ET USA

    Woody, you are right, he is Venerable (although I'd hardly call that "plain old" since probably not too many of us will be so designated). My main point is that Matt Talbott took great pains to avoid that sin. He certainly didn't make light of such sin - not in his life nor in others' lives.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2007 10:48 AM ET USA

    Matt Talbot isn't Blessed yet, just plain old Venerable.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2007 10:36 AM ET USA

    I fondly remember John Henry Cardinal Newman's success in establishing the Irish Catholic University. Beer nuts?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2007 9:44 PM ET USA

    How many more peaceful Irish people have to be oppressed, suffer, or die before you all will recognize this as a very real problem!?!? Come on, man, something has to be done! All we are saying is give peace a chance...

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2007 9:19 PM ET USA

    Bishop Brady has a point. They are both ethnic slurs, but they originate from the tendency of Irish to engage in the mortal sins of drunkedness and brawling. Where do you think the term "paddy wagon" comes from? As one of Irish descent, I say that it's high time that we stop winking and smiling at these sins. And yes, let's consign the leprechaun, with its new age roots, to hell where it belongs. I wonder what would be the opinion of Blessed Matt Talbot about all this?

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2007 5:59 PM ET USA

    I think you worry the right amount. But have a drink anyway.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2007 5:02 PM ET USA

    I'll drink to that!

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2007 3:24 PM ET USA

    You worry too much - have a drink.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 21, 2007 12:31 PM ET USA

    Given some of the recent politically correct, but morally inept, developments at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish may morph into a term that is not appropriate for family viewing.

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