When I was in the 1970’s seminary and those immediate years after ordination, most of us in the clergy really thought that Vatican II desired all the situational ethics that Jesuits then and now were promoting. There were many others as well, Charles Curran being a big one in this country.
But there were sane voices in the hierarchy fighting back. Pope Paul VI, enfeebled by depression and old age, was not a strong leader but he pushed back and lamented so much of what was being proposed. But he was ineffectual and compromised. But at least he held the line on truth.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to St. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. The aging generation of revolutionary baby-boomers who fail to see the folly of their folly and the disaster it has created in the past and now in the present know time is running out for them. But those younger than them, need to stop being passive and silent. Passivity and being docile may be the curse of younger generations.
This is a Time Capsule report for me. It clearly tells me that there is one person in the Church who complains the most about going backwards who is the one doing precisely that:
Professor Seifert: Catholic Church in ‘Terrible Danger of Complete Collapse in Many Countries’ Unless Cardinals and Bishops Speak Up (Edward Pentin)
And the good professor’s letter: Professor Seifert’s open letter to cardinals and bishops of the Catholic Church.