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By Diogenes (bio - articles ) | Apr 01, 2008

To give credit where credit is due -- and it is -- Erie Bishop Donald Trautman has taken a stand against Hillary Clinton's appearance at a Catholic college:

Trautman issued a written statement on Monday, the day after the Catholic liberal-arts college announced Clinton would be speaking, saying he was disappointed with the college's decision to host Clinton, who supports abortion rights.

"I am disappointed in Mercyhurst College for not reflecting the pro-life stance of the Catholic Church regarding abortion," Trautman wrote. "As tangible expression of my disappointment, I have notified (Mercyhurst President Tom) Gamble that I will not be present for Mercyhurst's graduation."

Trautman has rightly identified Clinton's pro-abortion position as a disqualifying one, rightly dismissed the argument that it's a Catholic college's responsibility to reinforce a defect in civil morality by providing her with a platform, and rightly given his judgment symbolic wallop by pulling out of the graduation ceremony. Trautman further deserves commendation for taking a stance that, controversial in itself, will be displeasing to many of his usual supporters. Good for him.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2008 9:52 PM ET USA

    It's wonderful to be able to support him. I hope he will remain firm in his stand.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2008 4:02 PM ET USA

    Bishop Trautman's email is listed on the diocese's website. http://www.eriercd.org/contact3.asp?alpha=T This is an easy way to send him our support for his bold stance, which will hopefully encourage him to take more.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2008 1:04 PM ET USA

    Thank you for taking a stand.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2008 11:08 AM ET USA

    Yes, good for him. Hope he reads CWN and realises he has the support of many Catholics all over the world.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 01, 2008 10:50 AM ET USA

    Bishop Trautman has been often criticized in the past for some of his rather dubious positions. So let us praise his stand--and it is a brave one still--as he acts in his capacity as shepherd and teacher. God bless him!

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