It is a Catholic Internet Phenomenon. You see it as a Catholic blogger with a traditional viewpoint. It is the go-to pitch to ingratiate yourself with non-trads. It is omnipresent.
It is this:
When the facts get in the way of intra-Catholic harmony, blame angry "rad-trads".
For an especially effective pitch, be a self-described "trad" when you do it. Thus, you become "one of the good ones".
You see, "I'm not like them. They're bitter and crazy. If I admit that the Novus Ordo can be celebrated reverently, can my kids play on your parish soccer team?"
Well, something like that. Call it the Spirit against the Spirit of Vatican II Trad. Can't we all just get along?
Some Catholics were initially pleased with the selection of Pope Francis. Some Catholics were not. Most don't know what to expect from him. Not surprising.
So, a Catholic who wants to learn about him consults published information about His Holiness and reads what is out there in order to give some background. Not surprising.
Then, based on these things, one can begin to make tentative guesses or perhaps find areas of satisfaction or concern.
That's all great and normal, unless one is a Catholic attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. For such a Catholic as this, he must go further and drop certain historical facts, corroborated by multiple sources, down Orwell's Memory Hole.
Because if he doesn't he will be non-personed, terminated, stuck at the crazy table.
It wasn't even six years ago that most Catholics would have held a fellow Catholic in scorn and derision if he maintained that the Traditional Mass had never been abrogated and that no permission was required for any priest to say it. And yet along comes Pope Benedict XVI and says that yes, that crazy trad was actually right for the last 38 years and most were wrong.
But that was ok for most "conservative" Catholics because thisPope said it.
That is what passes for the Magisterium for some: whatever thisPope says at this moment, at whatever level of formality and specificity he says it.
So, if thisPope didn't allow the Extraordinary Form to be celebrated in its un-adulterated form (and the overwhelming evidence is that he did not) in his Archdiocese after Summorum Pontificum was promulgated-- and some traditional Catholic blog points it out-- it is the blogger's fault and not the Ordinary's.
Take that trad and put him back at the crazy table. Because Summorum Pontificum was thatPope. Not thisPope. Unless thisPope says it's ok, that is.
I am rather late to the fight for Catholic Restoration. I know others who suffered the scorn and derision and uncertainty and injustice for decades. I got in at a relatively favorable time. So allow me to carry some water now.
You see, it isn't that pleasant to be put at the crazy table. Enduring smug remarks and condescension isn't that fun. So how can a crazy trad get back to the popular table? By calling other trads crazy, and becoming the "sane" one.
So it begins. I have read several self-described traditional Catholic bloggers ripping into other traditional Catholics who express anything other than glee at every aspect of His Holiness' past reign in Buenos Aires. That's it. I won't link to them because they live for the "hits" they get when they take up the cudgel. Some of them should know better, and some don't have a clue (you can always have my private opinion if you see me).
And a word about Rorate Caeli. I think it is the finest blog out there if you are a Catholic layman who seeks solid information, sober analysis, and a vision of a Church in love with Christ working for the salvation of souls. I link to it often. Condemning them for merely pointing to unpleasant facts is pretty weak.
We have one Holy Father, and one Catholic Faith. We should treat our fellows with some charity as we work out our salvation with fear and trembling.