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For both leftist Catholics and those who hold to the fullness of the Church's teachings, the Second Vatican Council is a line of demarcation in both Western culture and the Church.
To leftist Catholics, the council brought the Church out of the dark ages of medieval thinking and stands as the final word in what it means to be a Catholic in the modern world. At the same time, those who adhere to the fullness of the Church's teachings, referred to as "traditionalists," see an apparent break with the past and the Church in decline and crisis.
The council was inaugurated by Pope John XXIII in 1962 and completed by Pope Paul VI in 1965. It was a time of expectation and excitement because many Catholics were told the doors and windows of the Church would be thrown open. The dust would be blown out of theological and philosophical corners and the Church would modernize.
The results of the overindulgence following the council — including the loss of millions of souls from the Church — are evident.
In 1965 — the year with the highest influx of converts in U.S. history — Catholics, who were brought up with the beauty of the past, began to let it all go. In 1970, the Novus Ordo Mass was introduced as the normal liturgy for the West.
What progressed since then has been the largest exodus from the Catholic Church in Her history. In the United States alone, more than 80% of self-described Catholics don't go to Mass or believe everything the Church teaches.
Catholics are reeling from the 2002 clerical sex abuse revelations and its explosion back into the spotlight in the 2018 Summer of Shame. In both situations, the U.S. bishops, the Vatican and the pope himself have all refused to call out one of the gravest evils afflicting the Church today — a homosexual infestation of the priesthood.
The Church is in the biggest crisis in Her 2,000-year history, and it seems that God is the only one able to pull Her out of it. But despite the loss of so many souls, the stage is being set for the greatest victory to happen.
Our Lady of Fatima promised in 2017, "In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph."
To learn more, watch today's episode of The Download — Vatican II Wars.