From an email to a friend ...
I'm beginning to think that Vatican II and all the confusion that followed it, and even the secularization and default atheism of our culture, is being used by the Holy Spirit to cleanse the Church. The waters have been stirred, and we are being asked to step in them to be healed (see John 5:1-9).
But, contrary to that, most devout Catholics seem to be using their faith to prevent God from operating in their lives, using it to keep the real world at bay.
Of course, that last part is a huge oversimplification - but there's a lot of truth to it.