This is a quote from an article in AD 2000, an Ausralian Catholic magazine 40 Years On, “Vatican II at its mid-life crisis”
by Br Barry Coldrey
Moreover, within the Church many who appealed to 'the spirit of the Council' to further any cause, had rarely read, let alone studied, any of the sixteen rather heavy documents the Council released. In a real sense some did not know what they were discussing.
In a secular society, it is easy even for some churchmen to be influenced by secular trends, 'going with the flow', embracing social justice causes and the soft-Left agenda which wins society's applause, meanwhile ignoring or downplaying the hard teachings of the Magisterium which win no favours from the dominant society. Popularity has become an end in itself. Unsurprisingly, belief becomes indefinite; worship is optional; and life style drifts to individual taste.
The full Catholic life involves doctrine, worship, life style and service - not only service, even when the service is for the little, the less, the least, the lost and the losers in affluent Western societies.