As I take the Lay institute program for my diocese I notice a common theme in the presentations.
Each particular “lecture” is presented with the “historical” aspect of the each topic first and then as the lecture moves on the topic is presented in the “current” way the church views the “topic”. One thing I can count on is each topic (cetechesis, scripture, sacraments, etc. etc. ) hisotorically is presented from what the vatican taught. As the topic of lecture moves out of the past (pre vatican II) the focuss is on what the U.S. bishops teach. If I were a protestant attending these classes I would get the very strong impression that Vatican II was a schsim. THe lectures I am taking imply that the USCCB is the authority. Its almost like the historical understanding of the Faith was defined by the Vatican and the contemporary understanding is defined by the USCCB and others (Mcbrien comes to mind). The older study materials for my class are almost always presented as the obsolete rules of the vatican and the more contemporary study materials are produced by the USCCB. The animosity towards Rome is almost palpable.
One other thing that I notice is that Vatican II is the ONLY historical reference point used for the presentaion of ALL of the materials in this TWO year program. It is presented as before Vatican II (the really bad old days) and post Vatican II the right way.