So, I am a weird sort of person. I am very interested in Catholic Tradition...the Mass...the theolgy...I very easily see how prevalent modernism is in the Church. I think the superiority (to say the least, I'm just trying to be broad here) of the Latin Mass is so very, very obvious. I think it's beyond obvious that the soteriology (salvation theology) taught in the modern Church is not really compatible with Catholic Tradition.
All of these things are easy for me. But.
I find that I can never really connect with my traditional Catholic brethren, because they all believe various conspiracies, and I seem incapable of it.
I could lie about it. I know *about* conspiracy theories. I can quote facts about WTC7. It's easy. But, I don't want to be dishonest. So, I admit it. I have no faith at all in conspiracy theories.
So, what I am wondering...is it possible to be a Traditional Catholic without believing in conspiracy theories? I'm not sure. Can I believe that VII went haywire without believing that it was because of a Masonic conspiracy? It seems to me that I can, but I'm not sure.
Can believe that JPII was kinda wacko, you know, naturally, without claiming he was serving some other organization in secret?
Or, is this illogical? Is conspiracy part of Traditionalism?
I have had people answer both yes and no to this. I'm unsure. I do think that a belief in conspiracies makes it easier to be Traditionalist. But, is it a logical requirement?
Your thoughts, please. Thank you.