While I respect the choice of Catholics to express their Catholicism in the EP (old mass format), I fear an increasing conservativism hiding under the mantle of orthodoxy (as if conservative Catholicism has the monopoly on orthodoxy) will suffocate the work of the Holy Spirit in the church.
The “closed mindedness” and at time blatant ignorance I have seen posted over a long period of time against anything post-Vatican II and/or seeing the deposit of faith in new lights informed by human (socio-cultural experiential knowledge) is indeed a dangerous sign! The thread on the Vatican’s harrassment of US Women Religious Congregations recently is a good example of that right wing meaness in the church refering to these wonderful women as “rennigade nuns”…etc.
It is a conservative spirit that promotes unkindness and anti-christian viewpoints and values in the name of “orthodox catholicism”; a conservative spirit that could suffocate the “fresh air” and openenss invited by John XXIII in the early 60’s. This movement towards conservative and narrow rhetoric in our church is dangerous and I would hope the monitors in Catholic Answers exercise their judgement in a balanced viewpoint with equal management of extreme conservative comments that do not reflect the teachings of this church.
So while I support the latin mass and/or traditional catholicism (and what Catholic is not in love with Gregorian Chant and the intimacy of Eucharistic Adoration?) and I support traditional catholicism within the context of a post-Vatican II world, I am hoping that our church remains centrist taking the best of who we have been for 1500 years as well as how much we have grown in the past 40-50 years as an inclusive and loving church emphasising our forgiveness and longing for unity of all humanity.