Buchanan: Though the number of U.S. Catholics has risen by 20 million since 1965, statistics show that the power of Catholic belief and devotion to the Faith are not nearly what they were.

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.

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  1. “Vatican II appears to have been an unrelieved disaster for Roman Catholicism.”

    I hope this is not the first time the thought has occurred to Mr. Buchanan. How many times have I said and written almost these very words? Hundreds, by my own estimate, over several decades.

    The instigator of this disaster and its longest-reigning enthusiast are both official candidates for sainthood. In the words of Justin Raimondo, this is “Bizarro World.”


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