Having come across so many radical traditionalists in my time on CAF and even one or two in real life, I thought I’d come up with a set of diagnostic criteria for a radical traditionalist, not unlike the diagnostic criteria in the DSM-IV for psychologists and psychiatrists. This isn’t perfect and I know I probably forgot things but this is what I have so far.
For a diagnosis of Radical Traditionalist, three or more of the following criteria may be met (OB is obscure):
-Believes the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, usually referred to as the Tridentine Latin Mass (TLM) is the only valid form of the Mass. Everything else is inferior, heretical, or Protestant.
-Holds the 1917 Code of Canon Law above the 1983 Code of Canon Law.
-Believes Latin in the only language of the Catholic Church. All prayers, private or public, are to be said in Latin.
-Believes God only understands Latin.
-Believes Palestrina and Gregorian chant that is sung by an all male choir is the only form of music, esclesial or secular, allowed.
-Believes the Rosary is the supreme and highest devotion. It is the only prayer, besides the Mass, that is necessary for salvation. Believes anyone who does not pray the Rosary is not a Catholic.
-Believes the Ordinary Form of the Mass, normally referred to the Novus Ordo and refuses to use the forms of the Church, in the vernacular is inefficacious, is invalid, does not present a valid Eucharist, is inferior, and Protestant. Believe people who attend the OF are either Protestants or heretics.
-Believes communion on the tongue while kneeling at a communion rail is the only way to receive the Eucharist. People who are unable to kneel are deemed irreverent. Communion in the hand is considered heretic and pagan.
-Believes the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima is the only Marian apparition or at least the highest. Believed to be the best Marian devotion and the only one worthy of belief. Believe Catholics who do not believe it, follow what was said, or refuse to acknowledge it are heretics. Requires automatic believe in this apparition as a criteria as to being a real Catholic.
-Believe Confession is required every week.
-Believe most things are a mortal sin, especially if they say so.
-Believe no woman is allowed anywhere near the sanctuary. This even means the first pew unless they are a nun/sister praying the Rosary.
-Believe there is a strict dress code for every occasion. This only applies to women and children.
-Believes women are required to veil at all times. Mantillas only. Hats and other forms of headcovering are not allowed. No hair is allowed to show otherwise a woman will be inciting a man to sin. She is at fault if a mans sees even one strand of hair.
-Believes women are required to wear dresses or skirts (dresses are the preferred option) down to the floor with full length sleeves and extreme high collars. The prefered style is fundamentalist Mormon.
-Believes women who dress in pants or skirts above the toe are inciting men to lust and other sexual sins and just asking to be raped.
-Believes women are responsible for men’s sins, especially sexual sins.
-Believes the Church does not go far enough is legislating modesty and dress. Believes the Church should dictate a strict dress code for everyone that must be strictly adhered to at all times.
-Believes women are to be minimally educated.
-Believes women should never work outside the home.
-Believes no one should go swimming do to the immoral form of dress required.
-Believes women are meant only to be wives and mothers, and occasionally sisters but nothing else.
-Believe Natural Family Planning (NFP) is contraception and goes against God’s will.
-Believes the number of children a couple will have is should be entirely left up to the providence of God. Any abstinence, NFP, or any other method is contraception and a mortal sin. A mother’s health, a family’s finances, etc. are irrelevant to family size and having children.
-Believes all children should be homeschooled. All other forms of schooling are tools of the devil.
-Believes colleges, universities, high schools, elementary schools, public and Catholic are bastions of radical feminism, secular humanism, and atheism.
-Believes sheltering children from every interaction with the world and especially other people will make them strong Catholics.
-Believes TV, radio, movies, computers, and any other media that is not explicitly Catholics is immoral, a tool of the Devil, and never allowed in the home.
-Believes EWTN doesn’t go far enough.
-Believes most Bishops, priests, and Catholics to be outright heretics and have no knowledge of the faith.
-Believe Michael Voris is the second coming and like his in the face style and name calling of bishops and fellow Catholics.
-Believe Colleen Hammond is the go to authority for dress and follow her rules exactly.
-Believes if the book is not the Bible, the Early Church fathers, or one of a select few writers then the books are immoral and advocating devil worship.
-Believe only young earth creationism.
-Believes they must call all behavior not exactly like theirs a sin and everyone who does not believe like them a heretic.
-Believes they are the only one on the right path to Heaven. Everyone else, except for a select few, is going to Hell.
-Believes having fun is a sin.
-Believes contemporary music is immoral regardless of the lyrics. Some classical music by some Catholics composers is acceptable.
-Believes the organ is the only instrument. All other instruments, regardless of use, is profane.
-Believes that quoting documents from Vatican II is sinful and will only cite pre-Vatican II documents to support their arguments, even if they are off topic or have nothing to do with a topic or are out dated.
-Will ignore, put down, or trash Vatican II.
-Believes happiness and joy are useless and pointless especially in the spiritual life.
-Believes it is necessary to point out every little flaw and mistake a priest makes as necessary to stop liturgical abuse.
-Believes liturgical abuse is extremely rampant in OF/NO parishes and have never existed in EF/TLM parishes.
-Believes the Baltimore Catechism is the only necessary catechism.
-Believe the 1950s were the Golden Era of Catholicism in America.
-Believes the 1960s were the end of the Catholic Church in America.
-Believes Council of Trent trumps Vatican II.
-Wants all Catholics to be exactly like them.
-Believe unity is the sam thing as uniformity.
-Believe the EF/TLM would solve all the problems in the Church, including but not limited to sex abuse by priests, lack of vocations.
-Believe a college education is worthless unless you are going to be a lawyer or a doctor.
-Believe they are the only true Catholics and everyone else is a Protestant heretic.
(OB)-Believe women who dress in pants or in skirts above the toe are guilty for their own rape.
(OB)-Believes all Protestants are going to Hell.
(OB)-Believes Jews were abandoned or are ignored by God.
(OB)-Believe Eastern Catholics and the Orthodox are to be Latinized.
(OB)-Believe that is a person receives any sort of spiritual consolation, you are doing something wrong or are possessed by a demon.
This is not an exhaustive list but it does include what I have seen, read, and heard.