WDTPRS has been hard on the liturgical translation views His Excellent Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie.
Here is his statement on the scandal at Notre Dame. It is posted on the site of the Diocese of Erie.
Keep in mind that Bp. Trautman is probably in part trying to bolster the authority of the bishops conference. Nevertheless, his statement is good.
My emphases and comments.
TO: Media Outlets
FROM: Most Reverend Donald W. Trautman, STD, SSL, Bishop of Erie
RE: Notre Dame University’s Invitation to President Obama
DATE: May 12, 2009
ERIE, Pa. – The Golden Dome of Notre Dame, the long revered symbol of a Catholic university, will be disgraced and dishonored [!] on this coming May 17th, the commencement day of the university. On that day the leaders of the university are giving a platform and honorary degree to an individual who is a relentless advocate of unrestricted abortion: President Obama. On his fourth day in the White House he approved federal funding to perform private abortions in other countries (the overturning of the Mexico City Policy). He restored to the United Nations Population Fund monies to support abortions, while opposing federal funding for pro-life pregnancy help centers. He authorized funding to conduct human embryonic stem cell research.
In the words of Mary Ann Glendon, professor of law at Harvard University who turned down
the prestigious Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University, President Obama is “an uncompromising opponent of the Church’s position on issues involving fundamental principles
of justice.” May 17th will mark not just a bad decision by university officials, it will mark a day
of shame and blemish for the Catholic record and reputation of Notre Dame University. Its
relationship to the Catholic hierarchy and to the fundamental principles of the Church has been fractured and will take new leadership to rebuild.
Many loyal alumni, students, and faculty will continually pray the rosary in reparation at the
Notre Dame Grotto during the graduation. They will give witness of what the real Notre Dame is
all about. What should be a day of joyous celebration for graduates and their families will be a
day of shame and dilemma as the university leadership moves away from its rich Catholic
Now must begin the work of bringing new luster to the Golden Dome. Now is the time for
recommitment to being once again a great Catholic university.
Again, WDTPRS has been hard on the liturgical translation views His Excellent Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman.
Kudos, Your Excellency! Well done.
I like the way that some of the more recent (read: later) statements of bishops are suggesting that concrete changes have to be made.
That is the next step.
It is up to the bishops.
I suppose they will speak about Notre Dame at the next plenary of the USCCB.
Again, it seems to me that Bp. Trautman may be in part making this statement because he wants to defend the influence and power of the USCCB.
We do not need a stronger bishops conference – which the Holy See has very clearly curtailed.
We need an implementation of Ex corde Ecclesiae.