Recently, Rev. Donald Trautman, Bishop of Erie was given the Fred McManus award by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. The text of his acceptance speech as given can be found here. The Dossier, however, has obtained a draft of the acceptance speech,[**] which follows.
Co-Workers in the Liturgical Ministry of Christ,
How should a recipient of a high honor respond? What should a recipient of a prestigious award say? Whenever
In 1994 the delegates to the
I recall the many meetings of the Bishops' Committee on Liturgy on which Fred served as a consultant. He was always a voice of calm and reasoned discussion in liturgical matters.
Fred was present 40 years ago when the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was debated and approved at Vatican II
Today liturgists need to imitate his spirit more than ever --- his spirit of perseverance
We have inherited a great legacy from those who began the liturgical movement.
The founders of the American liturgical movement did not give up. They were persons of hope who patiently persevered. We need to imitate the perseverance and courage of these liturgical icons
In 1956 Pope Pius XII
Today liturgists face major challenges.
The liturgical theology
When such Roman
[**] Note to anyone who is prone to hyperventilation -- it's not really a draft. It's a parody.