Jul 13, 2007

Told you so! The roadblocks are on the way already

If anyone accuses you of lack of charity and of presuming ill will because you wonder whether the U.S. bishops will drag their feet on Summorum Pontificum as much as they have on Ecclesia Dei, just have them look at the statement (click on this post's title, then click on the link at the site) of Erie Bishop Donald Trautman (pictured above) on Summorum Pontificum.

Bishop Trautman's shocking, unbelievable -- but totally predictable, unfortunately -- statement is the epitome of foot-dragging, resistance and defiance to the Vicar of Christ. Friend Allyson Smith has passed it along from Patrick Archbold's http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/

Bishop Trautman starts out with a bald-faced mischaracterization, misinterpretation, inaccuracy or whatever you wish to call it: He claims that Summorum Pontificum "is prompted by [the Pope's] desire to reach out to those Catholics in schism because of their non-acceptance of the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council."

Sed contra! As we know, the Pope specifically mentions lots of other Catholics, too. Does His Excellency need a remedial course in reading comprehension -- and in English as well as Latin?

The bishop then refers to supporters of the TLM as "still clinging to" it. That condescending smear language means we are emotionally backward cavemen. His smear is exactly analogous to that of the pro-abortion news media who always say we pro-lifers "clutch our Rosary beads."

It gets worse. Bishop Trautman says he already permits a grand total of two Latin Masses in his large diocese, so "I do not foresee a pressing pastoral need on the part of our people." Never mind that the Vicar of Christ has just said HE sees such a need for Holy Mother Church!

Then His Excellency says he will issue "diocesan norms to help apply...the Pope's letter" and he will give an exam to "priests who might want" to say the TLM [emphasis added].

More ominously, Bishop Trautman fires this shot across Summorum Pontificum's bow:
"Further, there will be need to ascertain that the common good of the parish prevails and to ascertain what constitutes a stable community of those requesting the 1962 missal."

Told you so. And most ominously of all, Bishop Trautman says, "We must keep in proper perspective the pope's [sic; read, "Pope's"] more generous use of the liturgical rites prior to [sic; read, "of 1962"]."

Imagine! The bishop of Erie says we have to keep the Vicar of Christ's order "in perspective!"

I think I'd rather keep the bishop of Erie's authority level in perspective when compared to that of the Holy Father. How about you?

Somehow not surprisingly, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has had this same Bishop Trautman speak at his annual Religious "Education" Congress.

Anyway, didn't ole Q warn everyone about resistance and foot-dragging being a possibility? Yep, sure did.


Anonymous Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman, Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc. said...

Trautman was a Keynote speaker at a recent Archdiocese of Lost Angels Religioius Education (Diseduction)Congress!

Any priest who wishes to learn the Mass of SAINT PIUS V, and who needs financial assistance to do so, is encourgaged to contact us at: 714-491-2284 or crcoa@dslextreme.com.

God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founder & Chairman, Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc., www.crcoa.com

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course there was going to be "foot dragging" etc., you're dealing with human beings for better or worse. Ole Q's warning was completely unnecessaru as is your self congratulatory bullshit. It's really wonderful that the Motu Propio has become a pretext for your sophmoric nonsense.

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Qunitero,
I see how you might read Bishop Trautman's statement as you did, but I read it differently. My take is that the bishop, while not personally in agreement with the desires of those who want the 1962 Missal and other sacraments in their pre-conciliar rites, will observe the Pope's apostolic letter "to the letter." Hence the need for liturgical formation and competency in Latin on the part of any priest who wishes to to engage in the extraordinary usage.

I think it commendable of Mr. Fisher's organization to sponsor priests wishing to learn the older liturgical forms. It would be interesting to know how many priests and of what age group apply.

I am NOT Anonymous 4:37 p.m.!!!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 4:43 p.m.,

Don't worry, I could already tell you were not the other "Anonymous."

As for observing something "to the letter," that is what bureaucrats do to foil the spirit and effect if that something.

Wouldn't you be more confident about Bishop T.'s cooperation with the document if he wasn't saying he foresaw little need for it and if he wasn't smearing as "schismatic" all who want it? I sure would!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 4:37 p.m.,

Can't we expect our shepherds, the successors of the Apostles, to be a little better in their behavior than "average" human beings?

Please explain what is sophomoric about predicting liberal bishops' reactions? Or maybe you mean the self-congratulations, but can't we bloggers have a little fun?

By the way, saying "b.s." could be construed as "sophomoric," don't you think?

7:52 AM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

You expected something resembling respect and obedience from Troutperson?

12:27 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Dad29,

Congrats on the National Catholic Register mentioning your Dad29 blogspot in the current issue.

"Troutperson," eh?

12:56 PM  

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