First, I am a Traditionalist:
I adhere to the canon law that states "custom is the best interpreters of laws." Ecclesial tradition rules supreme over all particular laws drafted for a certain period. The rule of ecclesial tradition of 2000 years of Church history stands above as a commander and guide to all new laws. As a traditonalist, I adhere completely, and explicitly to this eccesial tradition.
The Beauty and Wonder of Ecclesial tradition
At the same time, in so far as this ecclesial tradition (distinct, but not inseparable from the divine "upper-case 'T'" Tradition of divine Revelation) is now universally undermined by the modernists and progressivists since the wake of the revolutionizing Second Vatican Council, I absolutely oppose their universal movement in the Church.
Simultaneously, I continuously support with reservation what is called the "traditionalist Catholic movement," which promotes the so-called Tridentine Latin Mass (the truly "extraordinary form" of the Mass), and all those traditionalist societies, parishes, and chapels that do the same, in so far as they avoid schism to the right and indifference to heresy/banality to the left.
But, secondly, I am NOT a Traditionalist, in the following senses:
1. I absolutely reject traditionalist parishes and chapels acting like closed-off private clubs/enclaves, treating newcomers with irrational suspicion and fear, and their own community like a society for the religious elite and enlightened. That is snobbish hogwash. I have my own mini-library/shelves of traditionalist literature, mixed with The Joy of Gardening and Grimm's Ferry Tales, but the wonder of Catholic tradition is still for me as much an open book to discover and enrich as it was the first time I stepped foot at a Traditional Latin Mass. Catholic tradition is a heritage and birthright to be OPENLY shared with every newcomer. Hello.
Whatcha talkin' 'bout Okie Trad?
2. I completely reject the psycho-social-extreme dimension of Traditionalism, in so far as it turns the Latin Mass movement into a secret society of individuals chosen by divine fate, accessible to those who happened by chance to learn about the traditional Mass, and directly or indirectly embraces the errors of pseudo-Jansenism and rigorism. In short, I absolutely reject anything that overtly resembles a "Catholic fundamentalism." You know it when you see it, and it is everywhere in Traddom, just according to degrees.
3. That said, my quiet observation, ironically, is that the majority (over 50% at least) of trads have the same thoughts and perspective. They are sick and tired of the fundamentalism/cliquishness, and looking to the trad clergy to remedy it, or better yet for the universal hierarchy/papacy to one day re-normalize the Church, rooting it again clearly in ecclesial tradition.
Until that time, I am a traditionalist, while also shunning traditionalist fundamentalism in all its shapes and sizes!
Going swimming today, then BBQ, then fireworks, then two more days of super-focused, hard work. Again, Happy 4th! Deo gracias.