Sunday, May 06, 2007

What Kind of Catholic?

You scored as Traditional Catholic. You look at the great piety and holiness of the Church before the Second Vatican Council and the decay of belief and practice since then, and see that much of the decline is due to failed reforms based on the "Spirit of the Council". You regret the loss of vast numbers of Religious and Ordained clergy and the widely diverging celebrations of the Mass of Pope Paul VI, which often don't even seem to be Catholic anymore. You are helping to rebuild this past culture in one of the many new Traditional Latin Mass communities or attend Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy. You seek refuge from the world of pornography, recreational drugs, violence, and materialism. You are an articulate, confident, committed, and intelligent Catholic.

But do you support legitimate reform of the Church, and are you willing to submit to the directives of the Second Vatican Council? Will you cooperate responsibly with others who are not part of the Traditional community? - Rome of the West

Traditional Catholic


New Catholic


Radical Catholic


Neo-Conservative Catholic


Evangelical Catholic


Lukewarm Catholic


Liberal Catholic


What is your style of American Catholicism?
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To the last two questions, most assuredly yes! I'm far from thinking that Vatican II was the worst thing that happened to the Church. The Church's past is filled with glorious heroes... martyrs who suffered horrendous deaths rather than deny Christ. Surely if they can go through what they did, I can bear an occasional ridiculous hymn and silly homily. And if I find ridiculous hymns and silly homilies a grave matter and not to be borne, how can I flee and let the Church bear it? From the time I was a baby I've been taught to defend Her. I'll defend Her truly, and not cause Her more pain that She has already endured.

1 comment:

lissla lissar said...

I scored as Traditional Catholic, too. I was reading Catholic Matters yesterday, about how much has been lost in terms of liturgical dignity and beauty, but also about the dangerous temptation to idealize the pre-Vatican church. I've only been to a Tridentine Mass once, but our priest celebrates the Mass with great dignity, and is an awesome homilist.

I guess, as a former Anglican, I lament my loss of the very beautiful liturgy I grew up with, while simultaneously knowing that I wouldn't go back for anything. I'm in the Church, which has the Sacraments and the priesthood ordained by Christ. God is still in charge. The silly season will pass. If I have to endure a thousand more choruses of "Plenty of Bread to Share", it's a very small thing, compared with receiving the Body and Blood.