Very true. What I've noticed in many Protestant circles, is a yearning to be the original church. That we had the original way of worship and doctrine before the Catholic Church came and turned everthing batty, and infused pagan traditions with pure Christianity.
That always interested me, because I understand how some claim that the Donation of Constantine was either fraudulant or the only reason the Church could claim absolute authority. But the claim of paganism I just can't figure out.
When one looks at history, the oldest parts of Christianity besides the Church in Rome believe pretty much as the Catholic Church - namely the Orthodox Churches.
So that would mean that paganism was introduced into worship circa 300-400 A.D. by the Fathers of the Church (so-called in Catholicism and Orthodoxy). The Orthodox also venerate Mary, have seven Sacraments, believe in Apostolic Succession, etc.
I just don't see it personally. Maybe I should read some Protestant commentary on the history of Christianity to see where this idea comes from.
Anyhow, it is true that the outspoken Catholics (and Orthodox) are history oriented because that is related to the Tradition part of Scripture and Tradition.