I am not a traditionalist, but I appreciate them and agree with them on many things. I think the crux of their issue is that the liturgy is desacralized and there is a heterodoxy in teaching and practice of faith and morals. Many things done in the so-called “Spirit of Vatican II” were exactly the opposite of what the documents contained! Gregorian Chant should have pride of place in the liturgy–hmm, know many parishes where that’s true? If not, they haven’t embraced Vatican II. Turning against clear morality and philosophy for a self-centered, psychobabble relativism…well, that’s how you end up with heterodox priests seeking their self fulfillment by fondling children. They’re not offending their own consciences.
However, take the long view. After every council, there is widespread rebellion and confusion and frequently schism. Then it settles down and the new teachings are consolidated and integrated into the life, belief, teaching, and practice of the Church. JP2’s pontificate was all about implementing Vatican II and he knew that the forty years of wandering in the wilderness was almost over, that’s why he expected a new springtime. It’s the same pattern throughout all of history.
I grew up in the desert-wandering desolate Church that didn’t know who she was…which is why I left as soon as I could. God called me back just in time to witness many great graces pouring out. Wow, the intelligence and zeal and holiness of the young Church! They (we) have paid the price of what happens to the society that whores itself to the spirit of the age. We know the Pearl of Great Price and how precious it is.
Church, be who you are!
BTW the traditionalists I know are very active in lay ministries and apostolates, as well as bringing Christ out into the world where they are…which is what Vatican II told them to do! No paradox there.