II was supposed to herald a Golden Age in the Catholic Church--yet in
the thirty years since it ended, chaos & dissension have rocked
the pulpits and emptied the pews. Today, theologians rise against the
Pope, laymen turn away in dismay and confusion.
cuts through conventional wisdom to reveal the council's true
message--a message which, if widely known, would send shock waves
through both the conservative and liberal wings on the Church...and
would bring many Catholics back to the practice of the Faith.
Vatican II, instead of enjoying the expected renaissance, the Church
seemed to fall apart: priests and bishops rejected Church teachings,
convents and seminaries emptied, and laypeople were thrown into
confusion. I vividly remember my own dismay when I discovered that
although I had entered the Catholic Church because I had come to see
(with Cardinal Newman's help) the necessity for a teaching authority,
large numbers of Catholics were chafing under that authority and
yearning for an illusory freedom. This strange rebellion in the
post-Vatican II Church is examined and blisteringly rebuked in Ralph
Went Wrong with Vatican II.
McInerny contends that the problem wasn't Vatican II itself, which,
as an ecumenical council, enjoyed the protection of the Holy Spirit.
The problem, he argues, came afterward: with Humanae
Pope Paul VI's restatement of the Church's constant teaching that
artificial contraception is immoral. Instead of greeting it with
respect and obedience, a large group of clergy dissented publicly
from Humanae Vitae and touched off a civil war in the Church as they
competed with the Vatican for the obedience of the faithful.
this crucial book, McInerny traces the problem and shows what we must
do now to restore the Church.