I got an e-mail from a distinguished person who sometimes is kind enough to check in on this blog. He expressed approval of a commentary I made in my WDTPRS article for the 6th Sunday of Easter. Given the recently publication of His Eminence Francis Card. Arinze’s letter to the president of the USCCB, I thought it not without value to represent to you this excerpt:
Here are some comments from a frustrated LF (edited): “You gave the title of ‘His Excellency’ to Donald Trautman. … The title of ‘Excellency’ is an honor applied to persons of a high position that many times is not deserved….” LF offered more of the same. As a matter of fact, many of the comments I received this week concern His Excellency, Bishop Trautman.
LF, I think it is clear that I disagree with the positions held by the Bishop of Erie, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, chair of the USCCB’s Committee on Liturgy. His Excellency believes liturgical language should be pegged to how people talk in daily life. I believe there should be a fixed sacral style, different from daily speech, even if it is difficult for people to understand immediately. His Excellency has been a proponent of inclusive language. I am not. His Excellency has been sharp critic of the Holy See’s normative document Liturgiam authenticam. I think the norms deserve greater support. Leaving aside the fact that His Excellency works on a level far above my lowly pay grade, the differences I might have with his positions do not permit me to offer him public disrespect. His offices and state of life as a successor of the Apostles merit courtesy. We accomplish nothing by harsh words or lack of decorum in public discourse. This has been a fault of both traditionalists and progressivists alike.
In these columns from time to time I indulge in some gentle ribbing of those with whom I disagree, but I am dedicated to maintaining overall a tone of respect in these columns as befits a Catholic gentleman. You will never change the mind of an opponent holding lofty position by showing him impertinence. Gentlemen ought to be able to disagree without allowing rancor to distract from pursuit of the truth. If His Excellency should ever choose to respond in any way, his contribution would be treated fairly and civilly.
Folks. For years I have talked about a hot war being waged. One of the hottest fronts concerns the "pro multis" question. You have seen another massive salvo.
You should right now write a very brief and very respectful letter to your local bishop expressing your views on what you want from a new translation. And tell them to translate "pro multis" correctly.
Just do it!