What is Catholic Traditionalism? Under what historical and cultural
circumstances has it appeared? Why do some devout, knowledgeable
Catholics embrace the paradoxical position that remaining true to
Tradition entails deserting the official, traditional structure of the
Church? Most importantly, what steps can be taken to help restore unity
in the Body of Christ?
Matthew Arnold, a Catholic convert, answers
these and other questions about Catholic Traditionalism. His moving
first-hand account powerfully demonstrates how a faithful Catholic's
legitimate desire for a reverently celebrated liturgy led him to
tolerate the irregular situation of Holy Mass celebrated validly, but
illicitly, outside the diocesan structure. His compelling testimony also
explores how the licit celebration of the Extraordinary Form of the
Mass, also known as the Traditional Latin Mass, can have a positive
impact on the life and the liturgy of the Church.
Told in the
context of Arnold's personal witness and spiritual journey, this book
concisely documents the century-long movement to reform the liturgy.
This candid, poignant, and often humorous book exposes the spiritual
peril at the heart of radical Traditionalism while remaining
compassionate toward the legitimate aspirations of Traditional