So I thought I will finally post this controversial topic to see what others have to say.
After Vatican II, one thing that I am sure all Catholics can agree upon is that the pastoral approach of the entire Church has changed. This is true from the Pope to the layman.
But here I find a big problem that many in the Church do not want to acknowledge (perhaps just out of ignorance), and is perhaps the main fuel for those like the SSPX who want to remain outside the Church.
This problem is that of our actions, if we are not careful, can communicate ambiguous ideas. For one thing, deciding to change the pastoral approach of the Church itself communicates the idea that its previous approach was outdated. But this approach is still used in many parts of the world that are Catholic and still strongly remain Catholic. But in the West and in the limited communities in which these new pastoral approaches have been implemented show rapid degradation of Catholic values. This might be hard to spot for some who have always lived in the West. But as someone who comes from an Eastern background, I have seen the Catholic faith get abused, pushed around, and finally watered down within these circles.
I feel that about 500 years later, we will look back at this point in time and speak of the Church in these times as the Church before the reformation. It had nothing wrong with teaching but the Pastoral approach (or rather, mistakes) of the Church that was adopted by many became the fuel for the reformation.
Also, is there no need for some organic transition between pastoral approaches?
What are your thoughts?