I stopped going to Mass when I was 15 (cradle Catholic). Hung out with the wrong bunch. Thankfully, after 35 years, I came back to the Church in Dec '06. My life has changed dramatically.
Anyhow, being an adolescent during the Vatican II years, I never understood it’s impact. I do remember hearing my grandmother and the old folks discussing the changes in the Mass, but never paid much attention. I never heard my father discuss it.
Ok, now here I am, a member of this forum, and I now see that Vatican II and it’s results are of great concern for a lot of Catholics.
Especially traditional Catholics. I’m left wondering what I am… a traditional Catholic, a liberal Catholic, or just a Catholic.
I suppose I’m not liberal. I have no problem with the Church’s view on abortion, birth control, same sex marriage, etc. When I returned to the Church, I went to Mass at several parishes around town (at least 15), and settled on one I really feel good about. My parish is run by 6 Dominican priests, all of whom are super It seems a fairly traditional parish. Confession six days a week, two sessions on Saturday. Two Masses m-f, three sat, five on Sunday. Holy hour on Saturdays before noon Mass, and an evening one once a month.
Being away so long, I suppose I wouldn’t know a NO said correctly if I saw one, but I’d guess our priests do it right. According to the “order of the Mass” section in my St Joseph missal, they do. No additions or omissions.
One Mass I attended at another parish had a band. Drums, guitar, keyboards, tambourine… and they were awful lol. The Crucifix was near the front entrance on a side wall
I didn’t like it at all, so again, I guess I’m not liberal.
So, the point of my rambling is this… BESIDES the preference of TM over NO, what makes one a traditional Catholic ?
What is confusing me is the frowning upon of liberal Catholics, vs the frowning upon of the results of Vatican II. I’ll admit, I frown upon the liberal mindset of some Catholics. For example, I find use “the pill” unacceptable. But also, I’m struggling with whether or not I should concern myself with this “traditional Catholic” title.
I have a hunch I’d be much more at ease having traditional catholic friends vs liberal ones, but what about all the fuss ?
The word traditional, to me, means a willingness to carry on tradition. Hasn’t it always been a tradition of Catholics to accept the decisions of Rome ? Voicing concerns and discussing them is fine, but… 40 + years of fighting Vatican II ?
I love old churches, 100 year old prayer books, Latin, and Gregorian chant. I would be fine with my parish offering or changing to (if ok with Rome) the TM. I also am fine with whatever The Holy See decides.
So what the heck am I ? A “traditional Catholic” ? Just a “Catholic” ? A “fence sitter” ?
I do intend to join the Dominican Laity if that helps answer anything… and I talk to Our Lady a lot
… or am I just nuts ?