His Excellency the Bishop of Erie, Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman is an enemy of the Holy See’s translation norms. He is energetic in recruiting people to reject the Holy See’s norms. His basic problem with the norms is that the Holy See requires accurate translations. Since people not smart enough to understand good translations, he wants the translations to conform to the way people walk in daily life so that the prayers won’t be toooo harrrrd.
For a long time I have strongly disagreed with His Excellency. However, today, scanning the new online number of the lefty National Catholic Reporter, I am wondering if perhaps I haven’t been too hard on Bp. Trautman? Maybe accurate translations and things like… facts, really are toooo harrrrd for the people he is hangin’ with, you know… like, his peeps. Consider the following.
A ninth-century church mosaic of a female with the word episcopa over her head. A woman bishop? Truth is in the eye of the beholder. If evidence for “herstory” — female authority in the church — is there looking back at us from the mosaics, frescoes, burial inscriptions and ancient texts, the truth of it has seldom registered with our male-run church. History’s winners have chosen to ignore it.
An advocate for women’s ordination (Subcription only)
Finding ‘Herstory’ (Subcription only)
Therefore, given the quality of the abovementioned, maybe His Excellency has a point. I am driven to ask…
PS: For more information about the Theodora episcopa dopiness check this out.