Is it possible for a young man who has known nothing but post-Vatican II to be a Traditional Catholic?
I left this site awhile ago, but I had to rejoin after seeing this fourm, and honestly I have no desire to venture out of it, and I have a lot of questions about Traditional Catholicism.
I don’t even need a Latin Mass (since I would be completely lost during it anyway), I’ll settle for a Mass where there is at least a tiny bit of reverence. Maybe it’s my area but every parish I’ve been to is not reverent at all. My Parish is a beautiful old Church with no crucifix, no altar rails, a risen Christ and no cross above the altar, there may as well be no kneelers since most people either don’t kneel or do the half kneel. My Parish priest is a great guy, but I’ve heard him teach some pretty suspect things in his homilies. Confession for a Parish of over 4,500 people is down to 30 minutes on Saturday and everytime I’ve gone there’s been no more than three people waiting. And my last straw was watching a woman read a paper during last Sunday’s Mass, yes folks she was reading her morning paper. We had one young priest who was quite orthodox in his teaching, and he was great but less than a year he was gone.
So how can one be a traditional Catholic while attending Masses that have little to no reverence for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? I’m not a “holier than thou Catholic” I think I’m the opposite actually, the full smells and bells help my mind with the solemnity and reverence the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass deserves. Perhaps a better Catholic doesn’t need these things, but I think I do sicne I’m still learning a ton everyday, or at least it helps me. So if you have no problem concentrating on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at a very liberal Parish God bless you, you’re a better man than I.
How can one find a traditional Catholic Church without aligning themselves with those in schism? There are no FSSP or Institute of Christ the King Churches near me. Is it now down to just grin and bear it?