Originally Posted by Charbeau
FWIW, MDC users are definitely not the only online users to use the term "Traditional Catholicism". There is an entire forum over at Catholic Answers titled Traditional Catholicism and hosts discussions on topics of interest to those Catholics. Any basic google search for "Traditional Catholicism" is going to pull up a plethora of articles and sites.
I'm familiar with the term "traditional Catholic" (with either a big or a small T) as it's commonly used to refer to a certain subset of people within the Church. At a glance, they can generally be identified by a preference for the Latin Mass, head coverings, chant, older catechetical books, etc. On a deeper level, they're inclined to be skeptical -- at least initially -- of things that are new, and to view all new teachings and practices in the light of the old ones. Some trads are affiliated with the SSPX, while others are fully in line with the Pope: FSSP, ICRSP, diocesan EF, "prefer the EF but currently attend the OF," etc. As I understand it, this is how the term is used at Catholic Answers and many other apologetics sites.
OTOH, MDC is the only place I've seen where "small-t traditional" is used to refer to all Catholics who fully accept Church doctrine and the authority of the magisterium, regardless of whether or not they fit the above description. This is what I find confusing. As I've mentioned, many of my "magisterial" friends and family have minimal interest in traditional matters, and there are quite a few who seem to take the reverse approach -- i.e., they're inclined to be skeptical of things that are pre
-Vatican II, and to have a strong preference for contemporary theological writings and liturgical practices (as long as they're permitted by the Church, of course). I guess I'm just not understanding why it improves clarity to describe them as traditional Catholics.
Anyway, a few people have said that the T/t thing is also used on other sites, so maybe I have been under a rock.
Any relevant links would be appreciated.