Are people naive?
I heard a speaker the other night, one who had been at university and seminary at the time of the Second Vatican Council, talk about his feeling of enthusiasm during the Council. He felt, he said , that he and others thought that the Council would be a "new Pentecost." And he said that experience has shown that this was not the case.
Were they really so naive?
So naive as to think that a relatively large drift from tradition in a relatively short period of time would yield positive fruit? When history and human nature shows us that people need guidelines and ritual and routine. .. take these away and you cause confusion and floundering . And without the safety net of beliefs and customs, there is often a vacuum within each one, a vacuum waiting to be filled... and sometimes it is filled by apathy. Or secularism.
Indeed, instead of naivety and thinking all change is for the good, all change is a new Pentecost, we can heed the words of the Holy Father...." We are not a production plant, we are not a for-profit business, we are Church . That means a community of men standing together in faith. The task is not to manufacture some product or to be a success at selling merchandise. Instead the task is to live the faith in an exemplary way, to proclaim it and at the same time to keep this voluntary association, which cuts across all cultures, nations, and times and is not based on external interests , spiritually connected with Christ and so with God himself ." (Pope Benedict XVI, Light of the World)