No one in 1965 when modest changes to the liturgy began thought this could happen to churches and the Church:
Initially, the changes after Vatican II seem good, benign and actually steps in the right direction.
For most lay Catholics there were two areas where the changes were first felt and in a positive way.
1. The Liturgy was slightly reformed and the vernacular was allowed for the changing parts of the Mass. This was good and most Catholics liked the minor adaptations.
What proved to be bad was what would follow.
a. Music went off the rails as new idioms were chosen for chants and more hymns allowed with Protestant hymns that had a Protestant devotional character and spirituality and often with heterodox Protestant theology.
b. What was bad was when horrible ironing board altars were placed in front of beautiful older altars with the traditional set-up to include the tabernacle only to see older altars and tabernacles ripped out and tabernacles placed in obscure, less than lofty locations and the priest's chair dead center.
c. It soon became evident that the vernacular could be manipulated by narcissistic celebrants and facing the people placed way too much emphasis on the physical looks of the priest and his pious prayer looks.
2. Religious life's initial reforms seem quite good especially for sisters/nuns. The modified habits looked more comfortable and practical especially for active orders. Archaic rules about how nuns conducted their lives in monasteries and convents became more human.
What proved to be bad is what followed what seem to be minor common sense change:
a. There was the outright rebellion that soon occurred in religious life when psychology replaced doctrine and spirituality and the rule of life for religious.
b. Nice modified habits were tossed for secular clothing.
c. Nuns began to live alone in apartments and to disengage from their traditional teaching and nursing apostolates, often choosing to work secular jobs to make big bucks for their orders and then for themselves which was odd for nuns vowed to poverty. This was the beginning of the end.
If only the initial slight renovations had not turned into an all out wreckovation, I wonder where the Church, the Liturgy and Religious Life would be today?