If you drive through any modern city, it cannot have evaded your attention that there are many Catholic churches that have “modern” written all over them, metaphorically speaking. They were either made of old office buildings or they were whitewashed to remove traditional Catholic art and artifacts. This was done in many churches as a part of a post-Vatican II initiative to make people forget the history of the faith and stop understanding that there is any inherent difference between Catholics and Protestants.
Okay, maybe that was not exactly the thought process of those in charge, but it had that very same effect. After Vatican II, attendance at Church declined and is still declining to this day. Though there are people who have either joined the Church for the first time or recently rejoined Her, they are far outnumbered by those leaving or who have already left.
By erasing the beautiful murals on the walls of our churches, we have been getting rid of any visible sign of the Bible stories that used to crowd the walls. I believe I am supposed to assume that the minimal catechesis routinely offered at the typical American Catholic parish will make up for the absence of those paintings and that artwork in the background. I don’t buy it. Nothing could be clearer than the need for more avenues to convey the message of the gospel to the conscious and unconscious minds of those in spiritual danger, which means every actual and prospective member of this pilgrim Church on earth.
So with the obvious advantages of having that artwork in the Church, why do those in power whitewash it? The answer is simple: there were Protestants attending the Second Vatican Council. They were not just attending, however, they were in positions of power, especially with regard to the development of the new order of the Mass. The fact that Protestants attended Vatican II is self-evident if you look at the Mass that they set up.
First off, it is an obvious and overt mistranslation of the Mass: they translated Et cum spiritu tuo as and also with you.
Any first-year Latin student should be able to translate the basics of the Mass with more accuracy. If one is trying to undermine the faith, though, the mistranslation is a perfect avenue to do so. The New Novus Ordo, or the Novus Novus Ordo, is a much better translation, but, aside from the translation issues, there is one thing that cannot be so easily undone.
Vatican II turned the priest to face away from God and towards the people.
How much can more Protestant a viewpoint be? Protestantism is self-centered because it allows the possibility for anything to be true because, instead of searching for the Truth, Protestants search for their own personal truth. So the priest is now the center and the Tabernacle, where Jesus’ body is literally held, is off to the side and, in some cases, might not even be in the Church. It might be in a room down the hall. Who knows? I sure don’t.
So, it seems that not only was Vatican II unnecessary, it was harmful to the Church as a whole. I guess I should have realized that back when I was going to the Novus Ordo Mass. It did seem odd that anyone would convene a council without any purpose other than to create more work for themselves by having to relearn how to do their jobs as priests. All of the other councils were held to combat some heresy or some other threat to the faith. But not Vatican II.
Now, I personally would not have had a problem with Vatican II if it only had the people who were going to be celebrating the Mass attend and decide what the next Mass should be, but the issue is that it is not simply a changing of languages. Latin, to this day, is the official language of the Universal Catholic Church, so it makes sense for us all to be able to worship together in it. But worse than the language change is a changing from a God- to a human-centric viewpoint. It is a changing from reference to irreverence. It is a changing from the one True Faith to anarchy where anything goes. It changes the beautiful and correctly catechizing parishes to office buildings. That is not what is best for the younger generations, as one could probably tell from the statistical record of who is going to Mass.