His Excellency Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, Bishop of Erie, has for years been in the cross hairs here on WDTPRS… rather his ideas have been in the cross hairs… rather, his wrong ideas about liturgical translation have been. Nevertheless, WDTPRS respects His Excellency for his tenacity.
But ad rem this comes from GoErie.com. I love this story…
Erie’s Trautman gets bobblehead bishop
By DANA MASSING, Erie Times-News
Rudy, the Erie Zoo’s late, great gorilla, had one. So did former Gov. Tom Ridge, who maintains a home here.
Many of baseball’s biggest names and some presidents and celebrities have them, too.
Now Erie Catholic Bishop Donald W. Trautman is among those immortalized in miniature with a bobblehead.
Trautman said the likeness is “pretty close.”
He received his figure with the shaking noggin during an annual diocesan gathering for priests held around June 24, which was Trautman’s 75th birthday.
“I was surprised,” he said.
He said he was given a box to open during a dinner and found the smiling bobblehead inside.
Each of the 13-county diocese’s priests also received one of the bobbleheads.
“It was a sign of special friendship, and I appreciate the gesture. … It was a very creative gift,” Trautman said.
The Rev. John Detisch, pastor of Erie’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church, was the priest responsible for the bobblehead. He was out of town Tuesday and couldn’t be reached for comment.
The bobblehead comes as Trautman prepares to end his tenure as bishop here. He sent his resignation letter to Pope Benedict XVI this year. Bishops are requested to submit their resignations when they turn 75.
The Vatican has yet to announce a new bishop for Erie. The process can take months or even years.
In the meantime, Trautman said, he’s keeping the gift of his new bobblehead on a bookcase in his downtown Erie residence.
I confess that I would like one.
Best wishes to His Excellency as he prepares for his retirement.