Many conservative Catholics see Vatican II as the fundamental cause for the problems that wrack the Church today. That reasoning is simplistic. If the leaders of any institution gather to plan for the future, and their plans bring the institution to ruins, there must have been some problem before the meeting: some flaw in the leaders' thinking or in the way those leaders were chosen. A healthy institution does not self-destruct.
--Philip F. Lawler,The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture (2008), p. 67