Lots of followers of the Vatican from the cradle like triumphalism. (Lots of cradle Orthodox do as well).
I listen to "The Journey Home" on EWTN. It's a wonderful program hosted by Marcus Grodi where he interviews converts to Catholicism.
This isn't the first time I've heard a non-Catholic say they like that show -- indeed I've many times had said experience -- and yet it never fails to amaze me.
I'm a lifelong Catholic, and I've basically never liked The Journey Home -- and I'm including the times of my life when I was more conservative, more traditionalist, less ecumenical, or a much bigger fan of EWTN in general, than I am now.
I never liked it either and I really wonder how many cradle Catholics do. It seems to me like a lot of a hot air blowing and "me me me" stories. I understand that for converts it can be an invaluable source of, "I'm not so alone," but it reeks of triumphalism to me.
The triumphalism I'm talking about is the convert's own apparent triumphalism (as in, "I found the true church!") and not the regular variety, if you follow me.
I think a lot of cradles do actually eat that stuff up, although I'm not entirely sure why.
I've listened to more than a handful of episodes, and I am beginning to see the criticisms that the above posters have made about the program. I still like it, though.
The show does tend to represent a very conservative mainstream Roman Catholicism, with which I, naturally, do not identify. However, I can appreciate the sincere conversion stories of the guests because I'm also a convert (from a non-Christian faith) and it's interesting to hear about the hurdles that people go through (usually "There's Something About Mary," since most guests are former protestants).
I suppose one could accuse certain guests (and maybe the show as a whole) as being "triumphalist," but I don't really see that as my place. I cannot question the sincerity of someone who is courageously stepping forward and telling their faith journey to the world. If I were in the same room as some of these guests, I might try to gently remind them that we all owe our lives to God, that we have not "earned" anything, and I'm sure they would agree. I guess I was able to notice this attitude early on and regard it as a "natural" reaction to entering into "the fullness of Faith." Listening to similar programs on Ancient Faith Radio, I can certainly confirm that this attitude is not exclusive to Roman Catholic converts.
It's true that cradle Catholics like the show; that's because they're excited to see newcomers bring new life into their precious Church. I don't think they're consciously looking for dumb converts to confirm their own convictions; it really is inspiring to see someone go through a journey and "make the choice" to live the life that you had the privilege of knowing since birth. At my baptism this weekend, I heard this sort of thing from many cradle Orthodox, and I was very grateful to be God's instrument in perhaps strengthening their faith.
Now, one thing I definitely don't like about the show is how completely dismissive of Orthodoxy it is. Obviously I can't expect a mainstream Roman Catholic radio program to paint a realistic portrait of Orthodoxy, but some of the comments I've heard from both the guests and the host have been truly appalling. Basically, we Orthodox are seen as nothing more than a loose grouping of congregational ethnic churches with no internal agreement. We probably also smell bad.
There was an Eastern Catholic guest early on, and I was amazed that no one seemed to know about the Non-Latin Rites. Naturally, Orthodoxy was just glazed over during that episode.