Or Seditious Vaticanistas.
I first ran into this type of negative, suspicious, conspiratorial attitude years ago in Boston, around the time the Bayside 'apparitions' were being foisted upon naive Catholics. The idea that Bl. Pope Paul VI had been replaced by an impostor was circulated at the same time - how else to explain the crisis in the Church? I ran into similar followers of false mystics and bogus apparitions in Italy as well. San Damiano specifically, and Mama Rosa, the visionary. The followers were convinced the new Mass was corrupt, many in the hierarchy were Satanist, the true Pope a prisoner, and so on. They stared at the sun to watch it 'dance' and many traveled from shrine to shrine following purported apparitions. I always kept a distance and moved on from these types, as well as the cults surrounding even 'approved' apparitions with their stories of impostor Sr. Lucias and such.
It wasn't until the turn of the century did I find these same types once again. When I began using the Internet regularly and later began blogging, I came face to face with the same phenomena - traditionalists and rad-trads mostly. Now it seems to have reached epidemic levels - this conspiratorial attitude; under the influence of sedevacantism, the Novus Ordo Watch mentality seems to have swept the Catholic blogosphere. "Devout Catholics" are saying and writing things I never ever expected to hear from people who claim to be the faithful remnant of true believers.
I'm actually used to it however. I've mentioned growing up in a household that was hostile to the faith and Catholic teaching, an attitude clearly attributed to divorce and remarriage, alcoholism and poverty. Even in Catholic school I was an outsider because of my 'bad' family. My mother remarried to a non-Catholic dad - with little hope for salvation - no salvation outside the Church, and so on. I would never be able to be a priest with impediments like that. I was told my piety was an escape from reality by pastors and nuns. My parents instilled in me how much of a hypocrite I am, and siblings made fun of me playing monk and priest.
Even after my conversion I wasn't educated enough - no theology degree and so on - too dumb to know better. My piety was deemed pre-Vatican II. In monastic life - my devotion to the Sacred Heart was criticized and so on. This is no lament or complaint, whatsoever - these were the experiences which strengthened, deepened and stabilized my faith - even when I struggled with sin. Even when I was told to accept my disordered inclination as a gift...
Therefore I'm accustomed to the contradictions devout, faithful Catholics slap peoples faces with - I'm just surprised it is so commonplace these days - that there are so many 'authorities' outside the hierarchy, condemning the Pope and the Magisterium. (Not a few of these people perhaps a bit unhinged.)
It seems to me sedevacantism is spreading like a cancer under the guise of faithful resistance and dissent. When Christ returns, will he find any faith? In the Gospel, the Lord warns that even the elect will be lead astray - if that were possible. Alas.
Here is a prayer that always got me through:
My God, I’m so persuaded that You watch over all who hope in You and nothing can be lacking to those who await from You all things, that I have determined to live from now on without any concern, letting go and giving You all of my anxieties. I will sleep and rest in peace because You, O Lord, and only You, have secured my hope.
Men can deprive me of possessions and reputation; illnesses can take away my strength and means to serve You; I myself can lose Your grace because of sin; but I will not lose my hope; I will conserve it until the last instant of my life and all the efforts from demons trying to take it away from me will be useless. I will sleep and rest in peace.
May others expect happiness in their richness and talents; some may lean on the innocence of their lives, or the rigor of their penitence, or above all on the amount of their good works, or the fervor of their prayers. As for myself Lord, all my confidence is my confidence itself. Because You Lord, only You have secured my hope. - Saint Claude de la Colombiere