Catholic Traditionalism as Fundamentalism
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas activities officials are investigating a religious school's refusal to let a female referee call a boys' high school basketball game.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association said referees reported that Michelle Campbell was preparing to officiate at St. Mary's Academy near Topeka on Feb. 2 when a school official insisted that Campbell could not call the game.
The reason given, according to the referees: Campbell, as a woman, could not be put in a position of authority over boys because of the academy's beliefs.
If you have spent any time around the SSPX orbit, you know that St. Mary's is sort of like the Lefebvrist Mecca. It is the place where you may still be a kook, but at least you are surrounded by hundreds of other kooks just like you.
While most traditionalist and conservative Catholics don't go nearly as far as our buddies from Kansas, this same thinking is also present in many ways in much of their discourse. More to come on this later...