I am writing this thread because I often/hear something that seems almost a little hypocritical on the part of those who label themselves ‘Traditionalist Catholics’. On the one hand, there is a push for recognizing the unique role/‘higher’ calling of the Priesthood, saying that greater respect needs to be payed to them. This view plays out in numerous discussions of Traditional views (i.e. one person mentioned in my altar rail thread that such rails had partially served the purpose of separating the clergy from the laity, complaints against the overuse of EMHC and lay readers often revolve around the issue of it blurring the line between laity and the Priesthood and that this lack of respect for the Priesthood and the blurring of such lines has contributed to the Priesthood shortage).
Yet, on the other side, whenever some Traditionalists disagree with the actions of the Priest, either liturgically (such as in the that thread I started asking about whether it is okay to receive a blessing in the Communion line) or theologically (such as the words one Priest told me that I paraphrased in my “Masturbation and Addiction” thread), then it becomes an almost, “What do they know?” and certain Traditionalists will either argue that such Priests should be reported (thus pulling rank by running the Bishop or even the Vatican, such as the Congregation for Liturgy *) or simply ignoring the Priest’s words/advice in favor of a more Traditional viewpoint.
Isn’t this a bit hypocritical at some levels? Saying we should have greater respect for the Priesthood and that the clergy occupy a higher/better/nobler calling that us laypeople, but whenever the Priest goes against the Traditional interpretation of an issue (i.e. liturgy, theology, etc.), well then we should just disrespect that Priest’s office (either by ignoring their words or playing tattle-tale at some level). Now obviously, I am not talking about if a Priest does something horrendous/illegal (i.e. the sex scandals).*