In response to my posting of the article from TIME magazine, Joshua said in the combox:
Didn’t you know all this before? This has been the reality in the Church for the past 40 years.
Of course I “knew” this, Joshua, but it is one thing to know your history (eg. to know that in 1492 Columbas sailed the ocean blue, or that in 1066 William the Conquer won the battle of Hastings, or that in 1770 Captain Cook sailed into Botony Bay) but it is ANOTHER THING altogether to actually find a magazine article from the time reporting these events.
And what really stuns me is that even before the release of Humanae Vitae, in the two and half short years between the close of Vatican II and July 1968, the Church had already slid almost all the way down the dissenting slope that we so lament today. It didn’t happen gradually over the last forty years–it didn’t even take 10 years. It happened virtually overnight.
This leads me to ask two questions:
1) exactly how good were those pre-Vatican II years in terms of fidelity, catechesis, evangelisation etc.? These dissidents couldn’t possibily have simply sprung up like weeds. There must have been decades behind this rise in liberalism.
2) What on earth was Pope Paul VI thinking when he unleashed the new vernacular liturgy into this mess? So often we think the liturgy is where it all went wrong, but whatever “went wrong” had gone wrong already, before the “reform” was put into action.