1. One who is part of a hardline
group of Catholicism that
overvalues the parts of the religion that
try to downplay. The Traditionalist breed value
arrogance and exclusion and are schismatic
and heretical. Their break with
the Church is over Vatican II
, an infallible ecumenical council. Through convoluted arguments
, Traditionalists convince themselves
that they can deny Vatican
II's validity and still maintain communion with the broader church. They utilize many technicalities in their arguments
to hide their
abject rejection of the council.
They attend valid masses (usually Tridentine) and even
participate in Holy Communion, unknowingly disrespecting God and the true Church all the while.
Traditionalist "Catholics" tend to have delusions of grandeur and overly high opinions of themselves
. They are also the type
of people who don't function
well without a strong authority figure in their
protestant religion gives them
the greatest authority figure of all: a vengeful God for whom mercy is a luxury gift
reserved for the Traditionalist faithful alone.
Real Catholics feel kind
of bad for Traditionalists, because Traditionalists act as if they are the true believers, and live life oblivious to the inherent heresy
at the core of their beliefs.