[I]t is too easy to suggest [all relics] have the same standing. Is the Shroud of Turin, which bears the image of a crucified man, the winding sheet of Christ or not? Its status was dented in 1988 when carbon dating showed it was not from the period of Christ’s death. However the shroud’s defenders claimed the test had been done on a patch added to mend the shroud and produced new tests confirming the shroud’s authenticity. The case it still open but the shroud has regained some credibility.