Benedict XVI: " The Second Vatican Council is a true sign of God"
Given the lack of new dogmatic definitions in addition to the confusion following the council, the cynic or traditionalist may say that the fact that there hasn't been a complete abandonment by Roman-rite Catholics is a sign of God's presence. The Church is always in need of renewal and purification as its members are burdened by sin and struggle for holiness, but did the council really understand the problems of the Church as it confronted "modernity"? But might not that be part of the problem, the overintellectualizing of a spiritual and moral crisis in the Church? (Bad intellectual history leading to an incorrect assessment of both the problem and its causes?)