Clinging, perhaps bitterly

Do orthodox Catholics “cling to tradition”? You bet. In a storm, one clings on to whatever is attached firmly to the ship, because the alternative is to be washed overboard. You can’t navigate in a storm; can’t fish, can’t philosophize; all you can do is cling on for dear life and have faith that God will calm the waters when it pleases him that the storm might pass. And so, yes, we cling to tradition and the Mass and all of that—and I don’t take that as an insult even though I’m sure it was meant as one.