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Parade marshal snubbed by cardinal in New York

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Linda Feldmann / March 18, 1983

New York

Terence Cardinal Cooke snubbed the pro-Irish Republican Army grand marshal of the St. Patrick's Day parade by leaving the steps of his cathedral bare as the parade passed by.

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But Michael Flannery doffed his top hat, anyway, as a mark of respect to the church. Thousands of ordinary people lining the route up Fifth Avenue gave Mr. Flannery an almost euphoric reception. He had a 15-minute meeting with the cardinal before mass began, but neither church nor parade officials would comment on the conversation.