Interesting question. I consider myself to be a traditional Catholic in that I was baptized, made my First Holy Communion, and was confirmed before Vatican II. I am a product of 13 years of Catholic education and my conscience was formed before Vatican II.
I was in high school when we transitioned from the TLM to the NO. It’s too long a story but I and my parents were marginalized to the Saturday vigil Mass in those days because of the music and everything else that went on. It took me until 1983 before I found my reverent cathedral parish. I’ve not looked back even though I have to drive 25 miles one way. I’d love to be able to kneel and receive the Eucharist and have never received in the hand.
That having been said, it is important to understand that we in the pews back then submitted to the Magesterium of HMC. We were faithful Catholics. I am happy that there are traditionalist Catholics. Young people who have discovered their rich and vibrant heritage. Unfortunately, they are used to protest as the norm. I’m not saying this in a pejorative manner. Lord knows it was my generation in the 70s that installed protest as a norm.
Traditional Catholics submitted to the will of HMC. My oldest son is now 27. He grew up in the cathedral parish. He has heard Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony not only in Latin but in English, French, and Spanish. He has never been to a TLM but took it upon himself to learn the Pater Noster in Latin. I was so proud of him!
The problem as I see it, is that in being a baby boomer, I DO remember HMC before Vatican II. That is the church in which I was raised. There were many in my generation who embraced what happened after Vatican II. There were many in my generation who submitted to the Magesterium of HMC. I believe that the Holy Father recognizes this dichotomy. I’ve waited 40 years for this. My bishop merely “recognized” the Motu Proprio. (Bureaucratese for " I hear ya’ but I ain’t doing nothing about it). OK. I submit to the Magesterium as I have always done.
I did not know of Cardinal Bugnini nor of the Ottovani Intervention. I could not cite you conciliar documents to this day. All I know is that there were announcements from the pulpit, “Two weeks from know we will no longer chant the Kyrie”. “Two weeks from now we will no longer chant the Gloria”.
I have not been to a TLM since the late 70s. I watched the Solemn High Mass on the Feast of the Holy Cross on EWTN. I didn’t need my missal and I was able to respond in Latin with the acolytes, I am a traditional Catholic.