Sherry Anne Weddel’s comments on an alleged new generation of seminarians suspicious of their trad elders in seminary drew a lot of comment. I asked Sherry if she could tell me more about this. Is it really happening? Here is her reply to me. – awr
My limited information is from formators in different seminaries. I am hearing that these young seminarians are put off by the aura of narrow, angry, bitterness exuded by some of their “elder” brother seminarians. Which is not to say that these youngest seminarians would please all of your readers. My sense is that their idea of “the middle” is closer to JPII than to Fr. Z but it is definitely to the right of many Pray Tell commenters. What they are looking for is positive, hopeful, loving orthodoxy – not bitter, perpetually suspicious traditionalism. They accept both forms of the liturgy as normative but would never insist upon the Extraordinary Form alone and they are primarily pastorally and evangelically motivated rather than ideologically motivated.