I haven’t blogged much about Traditionalist Catholicism – partly because I still feel that it is a tad beyond my competence to discuss the finer theological/liturgical issues at stake, and because of my limited interaction with that particular subculture.
We definitely share some attributes in common: I prefer the Tridentine Mass to the Novus Ordo, I think altar rails are a good thing, and that celebrating the Mass ad orientem makes more theological sense. I don’t have too many issues with Bellarmine’s “perfect society”, and am rather scholastically inclined. It is frankly galling that you need to go out of your way to get some Gregorian Chant and incense in the liturgy (it is my middling hope that my generation will prove itself to have a somewhat less tacky taste in Church music than the baby boomers). In general, I am terribly sympathetic to the sense that there is now just this void where there was once a living Catholic culture, especially since I felt similar things in the past with regard to Judaism. The small things do matter.
On that note, I also sympathize with those people who run away to Eastern Orthodoxy for reasons similar to these – they’re bad reasons for becoming a schismatic, but it is also the case that guitars at Mass constitute a unique kind of spiritual trial.
I have a feeling that the rad trads would just label me as a neo-con Catholic, though. In particular, I don’t feel any desire to sweep Vatican II under the rug. Sure, people used it as an excuse to do dumb things, but people did the same with the Council of Nicaea. It was a fine council (and indeed an ecumenical one, which should theoretically hold some water for you if you happen to be Catholic) that had the misfortune of taking place in the 60s.
Not that I actually even claim to be a capital T Traditionalist or anything.