For some time a small group at my parish have simply taken it upon ourselves to change things so that we will be in compliance with what the Church instructs. Our efforts span from replacing a bare cross with a crucifix in our sanctuary to replacing cheap wine glasses and sundae dishes with proper sacred vessels to re-filling holy water fonts that were drained for Lent.
The effects (and backlash) due to this process has really opened our eyes and it shows quite clearly why “traditonalists” will never gain the upper hand over “progressives” in many parishes without changing tactics.
Progressives are very good at using (and abusing the system.) Traditionalists however seem more focused on fleeing to their own small spaces that make them feel secure – like the Tridentine Mass. They also seem to enjoy carping about problems (this forum is an excellent example) but I don’t see many of them enduring the strains of being a “liturgy committee” member. Just imagine, a single traditionalist in a sea of progressives. In two words it’s a lot of sacrifice and a great deal of hard work.
Progressives seem far better at organizing too. I have never seen a “traditionalist” make an appointment to meet with his/her pastor and then bring along 25 people to make a point. I have seen progressives do this. Time and time again, actually.
I have also seen progressives soak-up one position after another at more than one parish. This takes dedication and in many cases grit. It’s far easier to moan and complain and drive to a “tlm church” come Sunday.
Finally, it’s amazing just how tough progressives can be in a “street-fight” when their very existance is threatened. It’s doubly amazing to see a traditionalist force a progressive into this position without ever compromising the actual instructions of the Church.
Yeah, we can claim to take the high road and vilify the progressives’ antics or believe that our pastors/bishops will only side with the progressives, but until we are ready to get our hands dirty and work/struggle/take chances for reform, it’ll never happen anytine soon – even with Holy Ghost Power™.