I think sometimes “trad” Laymen just get too involved in controversies, and how many things about the Faith we know. You’ll go crazy reading everything: books, Internet. I’ve said it before: Christianity is not a book club.
There are sooo many things to learn,so many things to read and so many Saints who advised us (Catholics) to create a Catholic library at home that it is something that should be done.
Reading Catholic books (spiritual books mainly, not just those that include political or liturgico-political themes) is something that should be done every day, but with patience to absorb everything well and in a way to be able to use it wisely.
However, there are many traditional Catholics who just buy books and never read them or they start reading them but never get to read half of those book. That is something else.
Also the reading they do should be influenced by what they do/are in life.
I agree, I think most Trad Catholics are very well-educated in the Faith (which is a good thing). However, when we start to become obsessed with books, and knowledge in itself, we can become overly-bookish, and well…know-it-alls, and worry-warts. Knowledge can be a bad thing, (Remember what Satan said to Eve in Genesis). For most of the Church’s existence the majority of people were illiterate, they just lived their lives, knew the Truth was True, and put one foot in front of the other. Nice and Simple.
Yes, you are right! Those where the times where (in a way) people learned their faith at home.
Now, however, people will believe only something they can read (and in most cases, people will believe what they read!). That’s why people like Dan Brown can make a lot of money without doing much research and being truthful.
If people read books the way St. Ambrose did it, there would be more St. Augustines (in a way).