Or “Traditionalist Lite?” I mean, I guess there is such a thing because I am one, but is there a place for us?
In a nutshell, at 37 I am totally post-VII. I’ve done a fair amount of reading on traditional Catholocism, and have gone to several Latin Masses, both FSSP and SSPX. I believe that the Latin Mass is vastly superior, and that Vatican II has been a huge detriment to the Church.
That said, I belong to and go to a N.O. parish. If it was just me I might join the FSSP parish, but because of family and distance, that’s not going to happen. I don’t follow the conviction that the N.O. is invalid or evil in itself, and I don’t even dislike it, but I dislike what has been made of it - the music, communinion in the hand, tons of eucharistic ministers, etc.
Everywhere we’ve lived, we’ve always had to “shop” around for the least offensive parish. None of them are great, but some are much worse than others. If you’ve got a real crucifix, statues, holy water, kneelers, missals in the pews, and a priest who isn’t blatantly heretical, that’s about the most we can hope for.
It seems like there is no voice for those in-between full traditionals who want to go back to pre-Vatican II, and those who want to maintain or even push past the status quo. There’s got to be a ton of people that feel the same way I do, even more than there are traditionalists. And yet there are tons of resources and organizations for full traditional Catholics, but no apparent voice for those that want the N.O. Mass in English but celebrated the way probably 95% of those who signed off on it envisioned it.
I think neither traditionalists nor modernists really want people like my wife and me. I don’t even know what to call myself, because “orthodox Catholic” get’s mixed up with Orthodox, and “conservative Catholic” implies a political position.
Am I wrong? Is there a movement I’m missing?
It’s hard, because I feel I’ve been robbed of so much richness. I have a hard time even figuring out how to be more “traditional-leaning” in a N.O. mass. I just recently found out for the first time that back in the day, Catholics said “My Lord and My God” when the Eucharist was presented. I don’t even remember how I came across it. How beautiful, so I say it to myself now. Is there any “guide” of things like that? I mean, communion on the tongue and not holding hands is easy, but I don’t even know what else we’ve lost. Heck, for a long time, I didn’t even know communion on the tongue was an option.
Is there any resources about that kind of stuff?
I guess I’m looking for guidance on how to live my faith this way, recognizing this might not even be the correct forum. If there are others like me, what are the little things you do to fight the good fight?
Also, if it makes a difference, I’m northeast of Atlanta (and yes, I know many other people have it much worse than we do in the Atlanta diocese). I’ve recently heard St. Patricks in Norcross might be my kind of place. If anyone has any other local-related feedback, I’d be interested in that as well.