AL suggested something of an anti-traditional crusade on my part. I don’t deny that I find many aspects of traditional Catholicism lacking: the promotion of uniformity, poorly performed chant, clericalism, opposition to key movements from Vatican II, an adversarial tack with much of the world, pessimism, and a slowness in responding to the times in which we live.
And yet each of these are flip sides of some great graces which blessed Roman Catholicism from the mid-16th to the mid-20th century.
Uniformity produced a great sense of Catholic identity. In my original parish, the Germans and the Italians might have feuded from time to time, but they quickly closed ranks and stood together during the immigrant decades in the US.
Chant might have been poorly performed, but even those who misunderstood the genre needs life and pulse knew they were continuing a great tradition of sacred art.
Trent’s initiative to mandate celibacy, seminaries, and substantial training gave the Church thousands of fine priests who were well-prepared to lead and serve.
The Western world was turned upside down, and name your cause: sex, rock music, the military-industrial complex, communism, world war, television, suburbs, the interstate highway system, inbred Euro-aristocrats, the French Revolution, or the Enlightenment. If Vatican II’s implementation in some parishes wasn’t ham-fisted, why wouldn’t one lump a few thousand bishops and two popes into the category of “suspect”?
Is that enough of a list?
My consistent criticism of traditional-leaning Catholics is their internet misbehavior, especially when it’s conveniently pseudonymous. I’ve also been a consistent critic of those who might want to impinge on the net’s freedom to write. I think people can write what they want. And if I disagree, I’ll write a reply here or on another site. I’m not trying to censor anybody, or even suggest that they should be shut down or fired or excommunicated.
A day after I write something nobody reads it ever again. End of conversation. I don’t preface my writing with “imo” or “imho” or even “imnsho.” This is the blogosphere. It’s all about opinion. More accurate to call it the “opinionsphere.” Please: don’t give me or this site any more credibility than just another opinion.
If people don’t like my opinions, they can choose not to read them. If it’s on someone else’s site, they can delete them or ban me.