Traddy Advent Goodness, My Nightmare, and Not All Trads Live Under a Rock


Laudetur Iesus Christus!
Nunc et in æternum! Amen.

First Sunday of Advent

Since I was nice and spared you the “satanic porn” that was that gawdawful Lady Gaga song that gets stuck in my head all to easily, I think I will share this nice piece of Catholicky musical goodness.

After listening to this and so many other examples of the Church’s rich musical heritage (which, contrary to what many will have you believe,  did not begin in 1965 or 1970), how can one justify using the dated, campy, many times heresy-laced/warped Theology-laden “music” that we hear in so many parishes today?  Seriously.

I had a nightmare early this morning just before I woke up that made me feel like I was going to die.

I was at my parish church for Mass when I heard someone (I knew who it was) talking about how wonderful the new Mass setting they were using for Advent was.  I turned around and said (I know, I should not talk in church but this is my dream, darn it!), “I sure as heck hope it isn’t that modernist stuff that we’ve been enduring for years.  I think it would be nice to hear the Mass setting that is in the Roman Missal.  We used it once for Holy Mass many many weeks ago.  It’s really been the one Mass setting I have honestly liked at the Masses here”

(Yes, I know what “modernism” is but I jokingly follow the example of a Theology prof from college who said whenever there is something fishy going down, condemn it at modernist and you are probably right.)

Needless to say, I got a snooty look and some short remark about how “Not everyone likes that stuff, Allie.  Not everyone thinks that that’s the only way to praise God with music.”

I just remember thinking “Yeah, it’s so dated that you don’t have to look at the copyright to know it’s old enough for its AARP and it hasn’t aged well … at all.  Not to mention the warped theology and dated melodies”  I find that the stuff that is a time-honored part of the Church’s musical tradition tends to be more timeless and doesn’t so much show it’s age as much as it elevates the soul to God.  You know, transcendence is a good thing.  Excessive immanence (fixation on the worldly level of existence) can be dangerous and lead to error.

(Yes, I know Mass settings are the sung ordinaries of the Mass.  Some modern ones I can endure or find nice in their own way.  It’s the other hymns that make my soul reallllly cry.)

Then Mass began.

What I heard sounded like the illegitimate love child of Haugen-Daaz and a Call to Action Clown/Puppet/Womynpryst “Eucharistic Liturgy of Inclusivity (except for those backwards trads)”.

My dream self wanted to die or wanted the music to miraculously stop and change.

Then I woke up.

Now, I am having a debate with someone on Facebook who claims to be a trad.  Yeah, they are the stereotype of a rad trad: chauvinistic and stuck in an era that is long gone.  Not to mention the out-of-date Theology that condemns anything remotely post-Counciliar as heretical and the product of modernist infiltration of the Church.

You know it’s bad when it brings out the feminist in me.

This person said that he was “jealous” that a “girl” has a four volume Divine Office before him.  Like my sex has something to do with my ability to have a four volume Office.

Warning: There is a rant coming.  Prepare ye-self.

You know, instead of just clarifying one’s position in an attempt to look like less of a myopic archaic ass, they just dig themselves deeper.  So, getting angry and the inner-feminist coming out, I said:

“Why does it matter that I am a girl? What the heck is your beef with women? We aren’t chattel, dear. We have functioning grey matter that can do more than pop out children, be subservient/obedient to a man, and [we] can *gasp* think* for [ourselves].”

And it’s only gotten worse from there.  Now I have hang-ups?  Holy crap.  Projection much?  This is a textbook example of projection.  They are probably amazed that I, a woman, know such a word, let alone what it means and can use it properly in a sentence (Thank you psychology classes and dear friends who have their BS and MS in psychology).

Seriously.  These are the kinds of rad trads that make level-headed traditional Catholics look bad.  These are the ones that the progs have in their minds as they protest Latin Masses and traddy practices in the dying National catholyc Distorter (a magazine I used to read in college aloud for comedic purposes … along with an inclusive language prayer book someone gave me as a gag gift because they found it in the free book bin at the library).  Actually, they just protest the Church because of what they think she is and not what she really is.  Yeah.  That too.

Just to let you know: Not all traditional Catholics are stuck in the 1950s and the times before as if they were some ideal time where the Church was perfect in all ways and all things following thereafter is a product of Satan’s influence on the Church through modernists and other categories of heretics.

Actually, the vast majority of trads I know (myself included) are quite contemporary (they are in the world not of the world), etc..  Being a contemporary person does not negate one’s ability to love the traddy things of the Church since those things are timeless for the most part.  You can still love all the traddy goodness the Church has to offer her children while not living in a bubble or under a rock.

They don’t see women as being inferior to men.  Yes, women and men have different roles in the world and in the Church but that doesn’t make women have less dignity than men.  The whole complementarity of the sexes helps that whole schtick.  That doesn’t make women “chattel” whose sole role is to be under the thumb of her husband/father and to rely on him for all things.  A woman’s sole role is not to just be a means through which the human race is sustained nor is her only place in the home though being a wife and mother is not inferior to being a woman with a career (so long as the latter does not encroach on the former in a way that is detrimental).  Also, so long as being a stay-at-home mother is not seen as non-viable vocation but rather as a perfectly valid vocation.

That and most trads have a sense of humor.  We know how to laugh and have a good time.  I have noted that a dry sense of humor can pervade which is just fine with me because that’s my humor style.

Blargh.  They are probably going to block me.  I don’t care.  They got into a debate already with a close friend of mine (blocked her too) and it basically followed the same logical outline though the content of the outline was different (it pertained to the hypostatic union of the humanity and divinity of Christ … pretty much denying the full humanity of Christ):

-Start with an argument, Sides A and B provide facts for their position

-Side B discredits Side A’s information based on some BS excuse (this time, one side accused two very well-known and orthodox priest-theologians of being heretics because they had the nerve to write a book on the Church after the Council).

-Side B stoops to further ad hominems and other logical fallacies in an attempt to discredit the truth of Side A even if it’s clear that Side A’s logic and facts are pretty air-tight.

-Side B starts to project one’s error/s on the Side A to displace the wrong from its rightful place.

-Side B “picks up their toys” and walks away saying with an Eric Cartman voice: “Screw you guys, I am goin’ home.”

Need a visual?  With pleasure:

Newsflash! They unfriended me! Win! It’s always a sign of a well-fought argument when the other side has, as Father Z calls it “a spittle-flecked nutty,” and pulls that puerile BS.

BTW, that video has some language in it but it’s South Park so you can’t really expect anything less. I do love that show though. Don’t hate me. There are some episodes I won’t watch. Others, I can watch many times and still laugh.  I really like the episode that makes fun of Jewelry TV and cash for gold businesses. lol

I have Catholic friends who watch this show so 😛

All right.  Time for I Vespers and Compline.  Nighty-night.


About Ms. Allie

I am a Catholic young woman who works as a Theology teacher at a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of the Detroit. In Spring of 2015, I graduated with an MA in Theology with a concentration in Systematic Theology. My MA thesis was titled: "Mary as Woman of the Eucharist in the Theology of Pope Saint John Paul II." I also hold a BA in Theology (with a dabbling in Philosophy) and is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa (θΑΚ), the National Theology/Religious Studies Honor Society. Prayers are appreciated.
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