Sir, - The controversy about Carlow Cathedral reminds me of a true story. On his visit to administer Confirmation, the bishop remarked to the parish priest: "I think, Father, you should consider remaking the altar rails, as they came between us and the laity."

"With respect, my Lord," replied the parish priest, "if that's all that comes between us and the people, then we'll have an awful lot to be thankful to God for." - Yours, etc.,

Wellington Lane, Dublin 6W.