The emailed flyer notes that Fr. McBrien has been writing a weekly syndicated column since 1966. For example, in his August 5, 1966 column, titled "Questions Face Church", he wrote on the same topic that
the point of this essay is not to launch an attack on Catholics who are unhappy with the Church of Vatican II. First of all, it would be unfair to assume that all such opposition arises from bad will or obstinacy. More often than not, the theological explanation has been wanting. In some cases, undoubtedly, the explanation has been advanced in a simplistic and polemical manner, thus alienating rather than enlightening the inquirer. The point of this article and, it is to be hoped, of every article in this series, is to enlighten, not to debate, to persuade and not to bludgeon or ridicule.