Over at 3rd Blog from the Right I'm being attacked for my series on what a traditionalist is for engaging in name-calling, being 'triumphalist', and disenfranchising many of those who attend the TLM.
The point of the series, however, has been to try and help understand the approach adopted by a particular school of (or approach to) theology - so as to try and increase understanding of the different perspectives we are all coming from.
There is room for all-comers at TLMs - you don't have to be a traditionalist in this particular sense. And I'm certainly not suggesting that other approaches don't constitute legitimate, perfectly orthodox positions (even if I don't personally think they are the best ones!).
Still, I think there is something to be gained from understanding where our differences lie, and the reasons for those differences. And I'm pretty sure that the perspective I've described reflects that of many (but not all) priests serving the Traditional Latin Mass communities around the country - remember that I based a lot of my thinking on an article by Fr Chad Ripperger FSSP, who teaches at the Fraternity's North American Seminary (although whether or not he agrees with my interpretation of it is another matter!).
I have to admit that my thoughts on this topic have been somewhat meandering, and I do plan to try and crunch it all down a bit eventually in the light of any comments received, but just to facilitate the debate, I thought I had better give a listing of all the parts to the series:
What is a Traditionalist? Part 1: On Tradition and traditions
What is a traditionalist? Part 2: The hermaneutic of continuity
What is a traditionalist? Part 3: Magisterialism
Waht is a traditionalist? Part 4:Scriptura Prima
What is a traditionalist? Interlude
What is a traditionalist? Part 5: Extrinsic vs intrinsic Tradition
What is a traditionalist? Part 6:Tradition as the test of the new