I’ve seen people toss out the term “Catholic fundamentalist”. Of course, it is used with a bad connotation (is there a good connotation for the word “fundamentalist”?). Have you come across this term or ever used it yourself? What does it mean, exactly?
I suppose I can understand it being applied to sedevacantist groups or groups that reject the Novus Ordo Mass, but even that would appear to be a misnomer. If someone was really intent on keeping with the fundamentals of Catholicism, that would seem to include accepting the pope and whatever modifications are made to the liturgy by competent ecclesial authority.
Usually, I’ve seen people use it to describe those who are in line with the EWTN / Catholic Answers / Catholics United for the Faith “school of thought.” I fail to see exactly what the problem is that some people have with these organizations. They seek to explain, defend, and uphold the authentic teaching of the Church. How is that a bad thing?
I’m not trying to start anything inflammatory. I really want to understand: (1) why people use this term, (2) who they use it to describe, and (3) why it is a bad thing.
I have the feeling that it might be one of those terms that is difficult to pin down. People probably use it in different ways. I also have the feeling that, if someone were to describe all the attributes of a “Catholic Fundamentalist”, they would probably find that such a person does not exist. Unless, of course, it simply means that it is someone who holds to all of the Church’s teachings and attempts to live them out in their daily life. In that case, I guess I would be guilty!