The Church Since Vatican II
Here is the new book, compiled by Kenneth Jones of
Missouri Lawyers Weekly, that commentator and
Catholic Patrick Buchanan found so significant that he
devoted an entire recent column to it, from which we
"As the Watergate scandal of 1973-1974
diverted attention from the far greater tragedy
unfolding in Southeast Asia, so, too, the scandal of
predator-priests now afflicting the Catholic Church
may be covering up a far greater calamity.
Thirty-seven years after the end of the only church
council of the 20th century, the jury has come in
with its verdict: Vatican II appears to have been an
unrelieved disaster for Roman Catholicism.
Liars may figure, but figures do not lie. Kenneth C. Jones
of St. Louis has pulled together a slim volume of statistics
he has titled Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: The
Church Since Vatican II.
His findings make prophets of Catholic traditionalists who
warned that Vatican II would prove a blunder of historic
dimensions, and those same findings expose as foolish and
naive those who believed a council could reconcile
Catholicism and modernity. When Pope John XXIII threw open the windows of the church, all the poisonous
vapors of modernity entered, along with the Devil
himself. Here are Jones’ grim statistics of
Though the number of U.S. Catholics has risen by 20
million since 1965, Jones’ statistics show that the
power of Catholic belief and devotion to the Faith
are not nearly what they were…
At the opening of Vatican II, reformers were all the
rage. They were going to lead us out of our Catholic
ghettos by altering the liturgy, rewriting the Bible and
missals, abandoning the old traditions, making us more
ecumenical, and engaging the world. And their legacy?
Four decades of devastation wrought upon the
church, and the final disgrace of a hierarchy that lacked
the moral courage of the Boy Scouts to keep the perverts
out of the seminaries, and throw them out of the rectories
and schools of Holy Mother Church.
Through the papacy of Pius XII, the church resisted the
clamor to accommodate itself to the world and remained a
moral beacon to mankind. Since Vatican II, the church has
sought to meet the world halfway."
"Jones' statistics tell us the price of appeasement."