Tagged: traditionalism

Traditionalism, heresy, and the power of the colanders

What’s the big deal about traditionalism? Surely it’s harmless enough? If people want their smells and bells, why not? Who knows? Maybe some of that old fashioned Catholicism will rub off on the modernized Church. Well…. as an ex-priest of...

Traditionalism, heresy, and the power of the colanders

Peterism, Ultramontanism, and Protestantism

Traditionalists are perhaps best known for their preference for a particular kind of liturgy. Within the traditionalist movement, however, a radical contingent is building a parallel church. The parallel church of radical traditionalism promotes an ideology that rejects the leadership...

Peterism, Ultramontanism, and Protestantism

The Hermeneutic of Traditionalism

Shortly after Traditionis Custodes was promulgated last summer, Shaun Blanchard wrote an excellent analysis of the motu proprio for Church Life Journal. In that article, Blanchard claimed that “we should see Traditionis Custodes as a decisive contribution by Pope Francis...

The Hermeneutic of Traditionalism

Is Traditionalism traditional?

Following the publication of Traditionis Custodes, and now even more with the publication of the new guidelines for its implementation, Pope Francis has been accused of attacking “tradition.” For instance, Eric Sammons concluded a recent article in Crisis with the...

Is Traditionalism traditional?

Summorum Pontificum: An Unforced Error

When I first read Summorum Pontificum in 2007, I remember thinking ‘This is not going to end well.’ Before I go on, I must explain that years ago I was a priest of the Society of Saint Pius X, until...

Summorum Pontificum: An Unforced Error

Liturgical Just So Stories – Latin

Is Latin a “Sacred Language”? The “Iconostasis of the West”? A unifying, universal language? Or are we being fed a bunch of “Just So” stories? What attitudes might these “Just So” stories be inculcating? The Use of Latin While Latin...

Liturgical Just So Stories – Latin

The Traditions that Make Void the Commands of God

Can traditions be harmful to the spiritual life? If so, what makes them harmful? Even more importantly, how could a tradition become harmful if it was once beneficial? As Catholics, we are called to hold fast to a certain tradition....

The Traditions that Make Void the Commands of God

Is Liturgical Diversity Divisive?

The National Catholic Register recently published a blog post by Kevin Di Camillo, which argued that the “Traditional Latin Mass” shouldn’t be “silenced,” since a diversity of liturgical expressions doesn’t threaten Church unity. He writes: My liberal Catholic friends usually...

Is Liturgical Diversity Divisive?