Credit must be given when credit is due!
Erie Catholic Bishop Donald W. Trautman will not attend the Mercyhurst College graduation in protest over Sen. Hillary Clinton’s visit to campus Tuesday.
Trautman issued a written statement on Monday, the day after the college announced Clinton would be speaking.
The full text of the statement follows:
“I am disappointed in Mercyhurst College for not reflecting the pro-life stance of the Catholic Church regarding abortion. As tangible expression on my disappointment, I have notified (Mercyhurst President Tom) Gamble that I will not be present for Mercyhurst’s graduation. I am open to meeting with Dr. Gamble in the future to ascertain how the Catholic identity of Mercyhurst can be better clarified.”
Clinton favors abortion rights.
Diocesan spokesman Tom McSweeney said in the statement that Trautman would have no further comment on the issue.
Mercyhurst spokeswoman Debbie Morton said she was not sure whether Gamble had received the statement and was not prepared to comment.
WDTPRS applauds Bp. Donald W. Trautman…. (which may be the first time those words were ever written)!
Incidently, the last time I was flying through, I think it must have been in Detroit, I wound up in the NWA lounge sitting next to the President of Mercyhurst College. Small world.