There is an AP story floating around, in which the undersigned is quoted, “Analysis: Pope’s revolution; not all are pleased” by Nicole Winfield of AP.
As usual, Nicole gets some things wrong and some right. My focus at this moment is this part, wherein I – and you – are mentioned.
Here is the section:
His recent decision to forbid priests of a religious order from celebrating the old Latin Mass without explicit authorization seemed to be abrogating one of the big initiatives of Benedict’s papacy, a 2007 decree allowing broader use of the pre-Vatican II Latin liturgy for all who want it. The Vatican denied he was contradicting Benedict, but these traditional Catholics see in Francis’ words and deeds a threat. They are in something of a retreat.
“Be smart. There will be time in the future for people to sort what Vatican II means and what it doesn’t mean,” the Rev. John Zuhlsdorf warned his traditionalist readers in a recent blog post. “But mark my words: If you gripe about Vatican II right now, in this present environment, you could lose what you have attained.”
Even more mainstream conservative Catholics aren’t thrilled with Francis.
It seems that I am a traditionalist.. and so are you.
That would be a surprise to a lot of traditionalists. But then again, the neo-con no-risk conservatives are squinting at us too. And liberals can’t stand us.
It sounds like, though the wording is ambiguous, that you are not “mainstream”. Fair?
We just can’t win, can we?
I see this sort of thing all the time when I and this blog are mentioned.
Question for the readers, and this might lead to a poll.
How do you identify yourselves?
Are you “traditionalists”? Conservatives? Mainstream? Lefties? Just Catholics? Tradition-friendly?
I am looking for pithy, one or two word, descriptors which I could use in a poll, if I want to put one together.