Perhaps instead of getting other people’s “opinions”, you might try to get the opinion of the Church. Your “friend” is saying in essence that over 2,000 bishops are off the rails.
Had your friend said the comments to me, my response would be along the lines of “Really??? Ooohhh.” and then I would have moved on to people who are not conspiratorialists - as that is exactly what your “friend” is. Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis - all of them, and the thousands of bishops involved with and since Vatican 2 are all off the rails.
The Catholic Church, founded by Christ and under the protection of the holy Spirit… again I would say to your “friend” Mmmmhhhmmmmm…
then I would find some different friends.
A couple of things to keep in mind: 1) Judas was at the Last Supper; the Church holds that priesthood started there, so Judas was as much a priest as Peter or Andrew - and Judas went out and betrayed Christ. 2) Martin Luther was a Catholic priest - and we all know where that went. When someone says "a priest said (X, Y and/or Z) and that is not what the Catholic Church teaches, one needs to include that priest in their prayers, and continue to follow the Church.
As someone in another thread alluded to, there are plenty of whackadoodles calling themselves Catholic, and deciding that the vast majority of the Church is astray.
It continues to amaze me, having watched the craziness and silliness over the last 40+ years, that people continue to follow someone who is at odds with the Church. I understand that some of the proponents that the OF Mass is illicit, or that Vatican 2 was illicit, or irrelevant, or full of ambiguities, or that it did not define new doctrine or combat heresy (as if there is some magical rule that all Councils MUST do so), or the host of other comments against anything since 1965 often are sourced to people who have degrees in theology. Re-read comments 1) and 2) above.
And as an aside, the implementation of the documents of Vatican 2 were not “disastrous”. There were clear difficulties, largely led by progressives, and most of their radical attitudes and approaches have died out just as they have died out. It also helps to keep in mind that Trent set out a number of issues to change, and the full implementation has been noted as taking close to 100 years after to be fully implemented. There is still work to do with the documents of Vatican 2, so no one should be surprised that serious changes take time
But illicit/ Irrelevant? 2,151 bishops of the world voted on the acceptance of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the document which addressed liturgy and sacraments, and only 4 of them voted against it. It astounds me that we have people wandering around noting how more intelligent and well-grounded in theology they are than those over 2,000 bishops. Truly astounding.
God bless you, especially for coming forward and asking the questions. Pray for your friend, and as a suggestion, find someone else with whom to converse about the Church.