Wednesday, July 4, 2018

I am a Traditionalist; and I am NOT a Traditionalist

First off, happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans, and those who reside in territories governed by the USA.  Happy 4th of July!




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.


11 comments:

  1. I agree with you here, and think this is an important conversation to be had. This new 'non-polemical' tone is much better suited for this kind of blog. Keep up the good work.

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    1. non-polemical for the summer, but im sitting on a bombshell about a priest who gives communion to the divorced and remarried, but will email the subject first to confirm...

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  2. actually no idea what you were talking about as it is so scant of any sort of detail. Not sure you even understand the word fundamentalism.

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    1. Welcome to the blog Justin and Tom A. For details about the underbelly of the Latin Mass movement, ask any seasoned trad, for that matter any trad priest. Re the word "fundamentalism," see any dictionary. Of course this subject is considered taboo by some trads.

      Joe O

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    2. so no details...… sorry its a nonsense article. was taken here by canon 212. second visit from same site. nothing worth reading here wont make same mistake again to read when click the link. canon212 doesn't pre warn where the link its taking you is

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    3. no,no details for justin. dude, its a blog = website + daily log of thoughs, not an academic journal

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  3. Never experienced any of what you claim about trad communities wherher indult, SSPX, or independent.

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  4. Plenty of elitism to go around at my parish if you care to visit. Esp the altar serving program that caters to married men.

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  5. Is there something wrong with being married and a man? Many trad mass will have married men serving because they cant get enough boys to do it. Seems like an anti man agenda unless I misunderstand why you think that is elitism. One major problem in the church is women have taken up every lay role they can because they cant be priests. Has totally effeminated many parishes

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    1. Certainly NO women, and I like it that way. Umm.. it's Latin Mass. But when married men leave their wives in the pew to handle their many children on their own, and say that encouraging vocations through boys serving at the altar would be a "secondary agenda to the Mass," saying it's a program "for men NOT boys," and keeping capable boys ages 9-15 from being properly trained and not allowed to do much else other than twiddling their thumbs while vested in the sacristy is in no way traditional.

      I am in NO way anti-man. I am all for building strong capable men out of the boys who are there every Sunday to serve. Married men should feel fulfilled in their vocations and direct their own children to the Eucharist during Mass rather than preferring to prance around as though Mass is a performance im which they want to be noticed or lamenting they aren't priests.

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