My grandparents still classify themselves as “traditional” Catholics today. Again, they are 84 and 94 years old.
Being labeled as “traditional” in America has almost always been akin to being a “stick in the mud.”
Honestly, the majority of “traditional Catholics” out there are NOT begging for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to be restored as the Ordinary Form.
We simply would like to see orthodox teachings, and more solemnity in the Mass (in parishes where that doesn’t happen).
Personally, the way EWTN does their daily mass is beautiful. And if I could easily attend every Sunday mass at our Cathedral, I would be a happy, traditional Catholic.
Honestly, I think society’s objection to anything / anyone labeled “traditional” is what irks traditional Catholics and forces some of them to the EF.
Why should I condon people yelling at me and calling me names because I prefer Gregorian Chant? If it’s perfectly fine to perfer modern music (has people always remind us), why is it so terrible to prefer Chant?
Why is it so terrible to prefer Kyrie Eleison in Greek vs “Lord Have Mercy”?
Why is it so terrible to prefer the Latin Prayers & Hymns that Pope Paul VI said every Catholic should know and that every Parish should use?
Why is it so terrible to want to sing Tantum Ergo in Latin?
And why is it so terrible to want to sing Salve Regina or Oh Come Emmanuel even in ENGLISH???
Don’t want to use Latin, fine. But why do some parishes refuse to sing Salve Regina or Oh Come Emmanuel in ENGLISH??? I just wish I could go to mass once during Advent and hear Oh Come Emmanuel, instead of new hymns written in the 21st century.