A while back there was a thread accusing Dr. Scott Hahn of calling traditionalists “servile.” The thread was removed, but I received an email response from a staffmember of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
I hope this answers some of your questions and concerns. It appears that the clip was out of context. I’m sure some of you may still doubt the response and/or have other issues with Dr. Hahn. Please refrain from making personal comments or accusations against Dr. Hahn, as that would violate forum rules.
I am [staff member of St. Paul Center], a research assistant to Dr. Hahn. Due to the large number of emails he receives he has asked me to respond to some of them.
Thank you for your question! Regarding traditionalists and the edited YouTube clip, Dr. [size=2]Hahn is actually trying to convince charismatics that, if they have really experienced the power of the Holy Spirit, they should focus more of their energy and attention on appropriating contemplation, liturgy, chant, prayer, and fasting. He is saying that these things are fundamental for all Catholics, not just those who want to call themselves traditionalists. He insists that these essential elements of a Catholic spiritual life retain all of their value despite some[/size] people who resort to them in a servile rather than a filial way, as though we were merely God’s servants and not also His children. I myself have met apparently loveless traditionalists whose appreciation of and participation in the rich treasures of our devotional patrimony looks a lot like “going through the motions.” Now imagine what charismatics (who typically face the opposite problem of being hooked on the feelings of enthusiastic religious experience) would first think when he tells them to turn their attention to liturgy, chant, contemplation, etc. He was anticipating their objection and answering it. I hope you find this helpful, may God richly bless you and yours!