I hope this isn’t a banned topic. If it is, can someone at least tell me where I can get accurate information? I’m really getting confused and frightened. Thanks.
Tell me about the SSPX. What’s it all about?
Is it the same thing as Traditionalism? If not, what are the differences? They seem very simliar.
I am a convert from evangelical Protestantism.
I don’t like the feeling of this SSPX thing at all. I’m getting the heebie jeebies whenever I run into one of these people on this Board. They creep me out. I’m sorry if I offend anyone, but that’s the way I feel. I had to play the piano once in a Mormon church (for a secular concert) and I got the same icky feeling there. Couldn’t wait to get out.
I also know a couple of SSPX families and they’re…sorry folks…creepy. I’m reminded of certain X-Files episodes. I feel like these people aren’t to be trusted. I would not want to accept a ride from these families. They’re polite enough, but I have the feeling that they really don’t like me or my “Catholicism” very much and that they would love to take me to that “reprogramming basement” that Jack T. Chick always writes about!
Again, sorry if this offends truly good Catholics, but I’m trying to make my own personal feelings very clear.
Of course, I’m probably being overly reactive because of the horrific tribunal that was held in my Protestant church (at night even) that resulted in my husband and me being thrown out of the church and shunned from then on. THAT was X-Files creepy and horrifying.
So maybe I’m being too harsh on these SSPX/Trads people?
Neither group seems especially friendly or loving. I keep remembering some of the strict Baptists that I knew–“no slacks, no tracks, no blacks.”
These people seem to see a demon behind every bush, and they keep lists about all the “wrongs” in the Catholic Church. Shudder. It doesn’t help that I’m “on the list” because I play the piano for Mass and I play contemporary and gospel music (with the enthusiastic approval of my priests). So I guess my priests are “on the list,” too. Shudder!
I don’t even like to read the Traditionalist Section of this Board because according to those people, almost everything in my Catholic parish is WRONG WRONG WRONG!!
So now I’m beginning to wonder if I really converted to Catholicism or to some quasi-Catholic cult that isn’t “true” Catholicism like these guys claim to have. Who’s right?
Is my pastor really a terrible infidel because he sometimes talks about the Chicago Bears during his homily instead of chanting in Latin? Am I really doing it wrong to receive Our Lord in my hand instead of on the tongue? Should I be sending a letter to my Bishop about all the kids who show up to Mass wearing their soccer outfits? Are “The Light Of The World Retreats” that originated in our parish “quasi-Protestant trash?”
I guess one thing that frightens me is why the Pope isn’t able to corral this SSPX/Trad thing. My husband said, “Well, the SSPX doesn’t accept the authority of the pope, so he can’t do anything about them They won’t listen him.” Is that true?
Of course, some of the Trads say that Pope Benedict is their buddy and that he is THIS CLOSE to bringing back the old days when the Catholic Church was completely correct. Is that true?
And if they don’t accept the authority of the pope, then why are they tolerated on this board? At least the Protestants are known entities. But these SSPX/Trads claim to be Catholics and mislead and frighten people like me who don’t know much.
This kind of thing sure gives fuel for the anti-Catholic fodder. I can answer a lot of anti-Catholic objections thanks to the apologists on this Board. But I can not answer the questions about SSPX, Trads, and how this can be reconciled with the Catholic claim of “ONE” holy catholic Church. I don’t know the answer. That’s why I’m asking for information.