Let me explain (and hopefully this was the best sub-forum for this). The parish that my parents attend has a lax priest and most parishoners seem to enjoy his style. Talking with other couples they constantly brought up the fact that he seemed much more humble and like a servant. This are great things, of course, and our new pope seems like a true servant of God. However, they seemed to have a distaste for things like the vestments and the ritual of the Church. I guess they see it as too grandiose and pompous, almost as if it gets in the way of more humanistic goals like feeding the poor and the hungry. These are fine, of course, but it seems like the real goal of our faith gets lost. Feeding the hungry is a great work of charity, but what good is it if they know nothing of Christ? What is the point of Mass if our worship is directed at ourselves and not at good? It's more like a community rally than a communal sacrifice.
So what has been lost over the years? How has humanism seeped into the Church such that people are skeptical of the rites and traditions that the Church has had for so many years? They see them as extravagance, but they serve a point. And does this sentiment impede the desires of traditionalists? In other words, would the push for more traditional rites and vestments alienate many of these members and drive them toward total secularism?