My name is Brandi. I am a college student and I was wondering if there are any people on here who would be willing to tell me about their experiences - both good and bad - before and after the Vatican Council II in the 1960's. I am doing a research paper on this topic and any help would be greatly appreciated.
I was born during Vatican II, but born into a Catholic family that was typically pre-Vatican II and has struggled and succeeded to fully embrace the new light it shed over the last 50 odd years.
To some people, the Vatican II encyclicals and other writings seemed like the creation of whole new concepts never heard of in the Church before and they thought it meant throwing out 'old' religious beliefs all together. So that made it naturally difficult to accept these 'new' thoughts. Others took what was more a leap of faith without really understanding why the Council was needed to address things in this way at all. Some people were excited to find that attitudes that they were impelled by Catholic culture to hold, were actually not Catholic at all but had actually snuk into the culture by stealth.
I think that the more accessible Vatican II documents have become to the general public, the more accessible have become the older writings of the Magisterium to the general public as well. That has made the transformation much easier ... to see that nothing is sudden and new at all really. It's all just the same teachings but presented to us in the light of today, for today, so that we have the best chance to grow more and more Christlike and become more and more unified with others.