"Today Our attention is directed to one of the most common of them (abuses), one of the most difficult to eradicate, and the existence of which is sometimes to be deplored in places where everything else is deserving of the highest praise; the beauty and sumptuousness of the temple, the splendor and the accurate performance of the ceremonies, the attendance of the clergy, the gravity and piety of the officiating ministers. Such is the abuse affecting sacred chant and music."- St. Pius X, Pope
Why We Should Stop Saying "Radical Traditionalist" and "Rad Trad"
Because it is a direct slap-in-the-face to our beloved Benedict XVI! Do you get it yet; aside from dividing the fabric of Christ, insulting your Catholic brothers and sisters?
Kevin M. Tierney nails it!
"A few weeks ago, Catholic Answers live did a show on
“radical traditionalism” that drew the ire of traditionalists across the board,
“radical” and otherwise. The two senior
apologists hosting the show took to the Catholic Answers blog to defend their
show from the “Radical Traditionalists” and “mad-trad” point of view. They have also promised that on August 12,
they would devote another show to the issue, in the hopes of clarifying any
misunderstandings. If they really want
to help with these misunderstandings, the first thing they must do is the thing
they will be least inclined to do: drop
the moniker “radical traditionalist” and “radtrad” entirely. At best the phrase is a relic of a time that
is no longer relevant. At worst, the
term is creating animosity and perpetuating a growing sense of tribalism within
Catholicism, especially in America."
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A final reason to drop the moniker is that we tell Pope
Benedict XVI his efforts weren’t wasted.
He worked harder than anyone else in his life to reconcile the SSPX and
other groups to full communion with the Church, removing every possible
barrier, as long as doing so didn’t contradict defined Church teaching.