Consider some of the changes post-Vatican II:
Judging by the numbers of high school diplomas and college degrees granted, the average Catholic is ostensibly more educated.
Liturgies and prayers are and have been virtually 100% in the vernacular – the language of the people.
There are more opportunities for lay involvement. More opportunities for “full, conscious, and active involvement,” as it were. Many of the functions previously fulfilled by priests and nuns are now done by the laity.
So, 40 years after Vatican II, how do average Catholics compare with those of the 40 years prior to Vatican II?
Are we more knowledgeable about the teachings of the Faith? Why or why not?
Are we more prayerful outside of liturgies and more reverent during them? Why or why not?
Are we more evangelistic and distinct, or have we become indifferent and unrecognizable from the larger society? Why or why not?