Vatican II, though a valid council is non-dogmatic, and a pastoral council; and is very ambiguous. Now, that being said, the Council was a blunder, in that it severely muddled our relationship with the Orthodox and Protestants. (I.e. making Catholics forget that the Orthodox ARE schismatic, and the Protestants ARE heretics). And It let to the promotion of a false-ecumenicism.
Vocations and Mass attendance, and conversion at an all time high prior to the Council in the 1950’s dropped by approx. 75% after the Council. Some may elucidate that this is due to the “mis-interpretation” of the council’s documents; whilst this is so, it still remains a fact that the documents of Vatican II are highly ambiguous and have been used adversely as a sort of “cudgel” by Liberals, Modernists, and Heretical clerics to chip away at the orthodox remnent of faithful that remain within the Holy Catholic Church.
The Council was opened with all sorts of optimism, and a naive notion that it would lead to a new “springtime” within the Church [despite the objections of a many clergy advised the Holy Father, Bl. John XXIII that calling a council was testing God: in other words, Ecumenical Councils are only to be called in times of emergency to fight heresy and clarify true Catholic Teaching]. It didn’t; the exact opposite effect happened. Instead of having the Church grow by “leaps and bounds:” there was a mass exodus as a result of this new liberalized pseudo-teachings [teachings that were not what the Council said at all.]
It [Vatican II] was an attempt to “reach out” to “world,” to Protestants, and to the Orthodox, but it acted in a way contrariwise to the Catholic Church’s perennial stance of battling the temptations and errors of the World, the schismatics (Orthodox), and Heretics (i.e. Protestants, Gnostics, Donatists, Jansenist, Mohammedans, etc.), and Pagans (Hindus, Buddhism, Shintoism, etc.). Hence, given this new openness that followed the council, heretical clerics utilizing an very broad misinterpretation of the Council [made possible by the grave ambiguity and lack of clarity and specificity within the Second Vatican Council’s texts’] twisted the council’s pastoral prescriptions towards their own errant and malovent ends.
Also, the texts of Second Vatican Council’s documents were also in conflict with prior Catholic Encyclicals and teaching on Ecumenism, and salvation: or so it was wrongfully interpreted by heretical clerics.
However, in spite of this mass confusion and heresy that has resulted with the Church post-Vatican II, Pope Benedict XVI is working on reinterpretation of the Second Vatican Council’s documents in light of Sacred Tradition, attempting to reconcile VII with previous papal and church teachings. It is still on-going.
And we pray that it continues and that the Holy Mother Church can get up on her feet so to speak, bury the amibuigity of Vatican, recover the clarity and specificity of the First Vatican Council and the Council of Trent, and surge ahead in a renewed Catholic Reformation/Counter-Reformation!
P.S. I realize that my post is convulated. I apologize. :shrug: