The Traditian Order officially began February 5, 2018, a little over a month ago, with its initial membership push, and now it is time to speak of the state of our fledgling Order.
Our initial goal was to take a few months to find 50 worthy members who understand and want to join in our mission to learn, defend and educate on the traditional Catholic faith. We define this as everything between the nativity of Jesus Christ until about 1960 because the teachings of Vatican II and its legacy are well known, and the failures of the Church leadership since the council are equally well known.
It is our belief that a group we call the “modernists” in the Church have been seeking to bring the Church ever closer to the popular culture of our Age. This is a problem, first, because Jesus taught that Christians ought not desire the favor of the culture. Second, because it is precisely the embracing of this freakish culture that has led to the stunning decline in Church attendance and participation. Wherever a parish or order pops up that clearly loves tradition, people come to it, join it, reverence it. Meanwhile the modernists insist that we must instead become an echo chamber for the values of the popular culture to build the Church back up–a premise that has failed everywhere it has been tried. For that very reason we require our members to read and agree with the Oath Against Modernism, which you can find on our website, from the very start.
We stand at 42 members after nearly five weeks, and expect to have over 50 members before April 10. On April 10 we begin our Consecration to Jesus Through Mary, the details of which are here and the event is on Facebook here. At this time our members will be in prayer each day for 33 days, ending in a personal consecration on May 13, the day of Our Lady of Fatima, a most important feast day which celebrates a genuine miracle, witnessed by crowds of people, which is not nearly as known of today as it should be.
After the consecration, our members will seek to help the cause in one of a number of ways, picking the one or two that suit them from a list of possibilities. It is our intent to stand ready to defend Catholic tradition throughout social media, and to spread our efforts slowly into the world. As with the greatest monks and friars, the lay people and handful of clerics in the Order will seek to learn and defend tradition and to re-educate the world at whatever pace we can, with whatever time we have, those truths it has long forgotten, or long ignored.