The term "traditional" is often used to
denote those believers
who look to a long standing belief or practice within the Church as essential to their faith life.
Literally, to be
traditional means to "hold fast to the truths which have been handed down to you". In Catholic
Christianity today, to be
traditional often denotes the period of belief and practice before Vatican II, and to those who hold tenaciously to the unrenewed faith and
practice of Church life before Vatican II.
The term "orthodox" is applied increasingly today to those
Catholic Christians who are faithful to the biblical, historical
and theological foundations of the teaching authority of the
Bishop of Rome and the bishops of the world teaching in
unity with the Bishop of Rome. Orthodox Catholic Christians
perceived as both conservative and evangelical.