[quote="edwest2, post:19, topic:282619"]
A pretty poor summary. I was there before and after Vatican II. None of the changes were even suggested by the Council. The Spirit of Vatican II is a smokescreen with no connection to the actual documents. You could get the Saint Joseph Daily Missal with the English and Latin on the same page.
What some writers tend to ignore is the actual bomb dropped by the Radicals and Anarchists in 1968 in response to Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae. That, not anything having to do with Vatican II, brought great confusion to a naive, trusting and mostly Christian nation. I was there. And I could see how some people, both old and young, could be duped into believing certain experts and wolves in sheep's clothing. Our trust was taken advantage of, and lies were spread and deceptions occurred. Just prior to this, most Americans were more trusting of their government and experts in general. The ACLU had not yet waged their campaign to declare Nativities in front of public buildings unconstitutional! The same with religious monuments inside public buildings. OUT!
By upholding constant Church teaching about artificial birth control, including The Pill, Pope Paul VI got this in response:
"In the encyclical, the Holy Father courageously reaffirmed the Church’s constant teaching that, in the words of the encyclical, “each and every marriage act must remain open to the transmission of new life” (No. 11).
"It caused a firestorm.
"Within 24 hours, in an event unprecedented in the history of the Church, more than 200 dissenting theologians signed a full-page ad in The New York Times in protest. Not only did they declare their disagreement with encyclical’s teaching; they went one step further, far beyond their authority as theologians, and actually encouraged dissent among the lay faithful.
"They asserted the following: “Therefore, as Roman Catholic theologians, conscious of our duty and our limitations, we conclude that spouses may responsibly decide according to their conscience that artificial contraception in some circumstances is permissible and indeed necessary to preserve and foster the values and sacredness of marriage.”
Got that? The Sex without Love Revolution meant a full-scale attack against the Church began. The goal: All the way up to today, sex with anyone at any time - no strings attached. And it's "just sex," like going to the bathroom.
The dissenters inside and outside the Church went to work.
Adult Bookstores exposing what was meant to be private to public view.
In the 1970s, Swingers magazines with hundreds of ads and nude photos from people looking for no-strings attached sex.
It was legal, and that made it OK, for some.
Then abortion in 1973, created by a vague right to privacy and "penumbras" and "emanations" from the Constitution.
Nope. We were duped.
What was "normal' just a few years prior, became more and more abnormal as the years passed. Love and the family. Feminist Betty Friedan called the family "a comfortable concentration camp." Feminist Gloria Steinem said, "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." In the 1970s, radical feminists were telling their "sisters" to get out of the house and get a career. All men were the enemy, and they, the eternal victims. What a great way to convince people to divorce when No-Fault Divorce completed its sweep of the country in the 1980s. Hey, it's nobody's fault. No kids? $75 and you're out. Call 800-DIVORCE. And the kids? What about them?
All of this actually started in 1930 when the Anglican Church became the first to allow contraception.