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Profile of Bishop Trautman, opponent of new Mass translation

Catholic World News - June 27, 2011

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiles Bishop Donald Trautman of Erie, Pennsylvania, who has submitted his resignation upon reaching the age of 75, after playing a leading role in opposition to the acceptance of a new English translation of the Roman Missal. The generally favorable article relates Bishop Trautman's warning that the new translation, now approved by the Vatican and the US bishops' conference, "will be a pastoral disaster because it will not relate to many people."

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  • Posted by: GabrielAustin9013 - Jun. 29, 2011 3:08 PM ET USA

    The Bishop is simply ignorant; and alas does not know it. For the Credo ["I believe", not "We believe"] Bp. Trautman said that the Greek Church says "We believe...". This is easy enough to check; one has but to ask. Which I did. The Greek Church says "I believe". Likewise, for what it's worth, does the Russian Church. The theological point is the same as "I confess...", not "We confess...".

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Jun. 27, 2011 7:50 PM ET USA

    Maybe if bishops such as Trautman had done a better job of seeing to the proper catechization of his flock there would be no need for this concern. Regardless, 'dumbing down' the Missal is not the way to increase the understanding of the faithful in his diocese or any other.

  • Posted by: Skip - Jun. 27, 2011 6:19 PM ET USA

    How insulting. Didn't know that I was that stupid. All those beautiful new words in the Mass will make me just scream! And everyone will leave in droves. NOT!! Hm...... Will this man fade into the sunset or will he be a pain in the side of the Church like Rembert Weakland?

  • Posted by: Kurt Garcia - Jun. 27, 2011 6:08 PM ET USA

    I am happy to hear that he is retiring.

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