The only "fad" here is much of the post-VII conciliar modernist "church" that is slowly beginning to select itself for extinction which is pretty much evident by the waves of refugees of former "catholics" landing themselves in Evangelical congregations, Eastern Orthodoxy and the ranks of unbelieving agnostics or "spiritualists". Traditionalism is the hope for the future for the True Church evident with recent concessions by the Vatican slowly bringing Latin into the N.O "masses". The more the word gets out and the younger generation is enlightened about the "spirit" of VII and all it's errors and the more it's liberal, hippie priests with their clown masses and rock concerts begin dying off, so too will the last vestige of this bizarre experiment at trying to ecumenize themselves into oblivion.
You can spout off all you want about the demise of SSPX and Tradition, the fact of the matter is, they are the future because they never broke with the past, the True Faith will endure and the Gates of Hell and Postmodernism will not prevail. Tradition will be here long after NewChurch and the Concillarists go the way of the Dodo.
I'll let you carry on with your delusion. Hopefully someone does figure it out, but the fact of the matter is the SSPX is nothing but a fad made with beautiful externals to hide the ugliness underneath which is a bunch of lies and empty traditions of man which has no connection to any spiritual growth or to any true Tradition of the Church. Fact is, most traditionalists can't even point to a Church before Trent. How traditional is that? The Catholic Church actually started losing her way with Trent, not with Vatican II. All the problems today are caused by the extreme legalisms of Trent. And much more, the Catholic Church actually changed her ways to counter the Reformation. Instead of being true to her own identity, she instead started veering away from who she was in an effort to distinguish herself from Protestants. Unfortunately she chose a path into more legalism rather than Orthodoxy. The decline in faith in the West today is brought much by the fruits of the Reformation, which naturally takes a long time to grow and bear. Because the Western faith was made more legalistic, it made it easier for the minds of the heretic Reformers to counter the faith with reason. Thus you have what you have today. And it was easy for the Traditionalists to make Vatican II as the scapegoat. But the truth is, the Church was already on the decline and Vatican II was an effort to try and stop the inevitable. Which it didn't. And worse, it gave rise to this fantasy world of the Traditionalists where the Church was perfect until 1962. But really, who are you guys kidding here? By the 60s the sexual revolution was gaining steam, it was inevitable. A lot more people would have left the Catholic Church by today if it hadn't been for vernacular Masses. Like the OF or not, it has made the Church still significant to this day, and not an afterthought. Which what the Traditionalist movement will be in a few decades when people realize it is nothing more than just a show with no real spirituality behind it except for the spirit of contempt, distrust, and malice.
We will let YOU carry on with YOUR delusions about Catholic traditionalism, its adherents and denial of spirituality within the movement. It is utter nonsense and absolute rubbish to judge the entire traditional movement based on the few examples you know yourself. I have been a part of it for more than 10 years and I have to say I take offence by this, since I am myself included in your sweeping statements and neither I nor anyone else knows me as the caricature you are presenting.
There are nutters everywhere, mate.
However, I agree with you regarding Trent and I agree with you about legalism. The latter is prevalent everywhere in the RCC, including in post-VII Rome where on the surface it seems that it is a closed chapter, but where reality is very different.
There are reasons for that I am inquiring into Orthodoxy and amongst those is spirituality. Not because there is necessarily a lack of it, but because the Eastern spirituality is different and appeals very much to me. Legalism is absolutely another of those treasons, along with Trent being(often) "the beginning" of everything.