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By Diogenes ( 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: TheJournalist64 - Oct. 14, 2009 7:21 PM ET USA

    Obviously the Bureau of Prisons has no respect for the freedom of expression given by the adumbras and emanations from the First Amendment.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Oct. 14, 2009 2:08 PM ET USA

    Well, nobody had on a t-shirt with an obscene logo---that I noticed. I admit I wasn't watching very closely.

  • Posted by: Ken_H - Oct. 14, 2009 1:35 PM ET USA

    Most of them were okay - there are always a few that probably would not be allowed to visit the prison...