It occurs to me from my dealings with many traditionalist Catholics that they are in many ways more progressive than the majority of the Church.
For example, one of the objections to the use of the vernacular/Novus Ordo mass is the over-simplified language, e.g. the fact that “of one being with the Father” does not adequately express the theological subtlety of the terms “homoousis”/ “consubstantialis”. It strikes me that in today’s climate of mass media and mass education, the Church can assume that most people can (and therefore should) read the whole Catechism and some theology for themselves. In my experience, traditionalist lay people are much better educated about their faith than the majority of Catholics.
Where does this desire for a fuller Catholic education come from? Is it a reaction against the traditional Catholic approach, which has been to provide easy language, easy prayers, pictures, beads, candles, etc. as intermediaries for the uneducated masses, and a more liberal/progressive desire to educate the masses up to a level where they can get more out of their faith?