Bp. Trautman is an old and skilled warrior of the USCCB, its deliberations and processes.
Archbp. Carlson has finally arrived in a position of real influence in the USCCB.
Unless there is some startling event which will prevent the President from appearing at Notre Dame, to its enduring shame, the corrosive effect of their decision on the unity of the Church in the USA is going to be a fact.
What remains is… what to do about it?
As I read the statements of some Church figures, such as Archbp. Nienstedt and Archbp. Burke, I think there will be consequences, in fundraising, in the view of the USCCB itself, and in the dicasteries of the Holy See.
Picking up from Bp. Trautman and Archbp. Carlson, I suspect the USCCB will discuss Notre Dame in a more formal way.
Notre Dame absolutely defied the USCCB and its guidelines on speakers who are against the Church’s teachings.
Notre Dame absolutely defied the USCCB…
Notre Dame abandoned its Catholic identity for the sake of the crumbs flung from secular power set against the Church’s voice in the public square.
There will be consequences.