I’m not saying church authorities are not to blame in large measure. But the labs should have walked away or cautioned Nature and produced raw ‘geographic’ results. Where are the grown-ups in this fiasco. More tests would be good. Absent that the labs need to admit their failure as the scientists at the table or allow suspicion to go on forever. Colin, you are a scientist. You are smart. Would you have allowed the Turin custodians to fob off these cloth samples on you?
I seem to recall saying here many moons ago that I would have walked away in disgust – but would have stayed in Turin long enough to down a few Morettis and Peronis – and have gone and paid homage to the steps down which the Minis charged in The Italian Job.