…or maybe not.
In Mass Exodus -Catholic Disaffiliation in Britain and America since Vatican II English sociologist Stephen Bullivant takes an objective and fact based look at the decline of Catholic commitment over the last sixty years.
Some traditionalists are in the habit of slamming the second Vatican Council as the cause of huge decline in the Catholic Church in our lifetimes, but I’ve always insisted that correlation does not demand causation. Because two things happened at the same time does not mean that one caused the other. Calling out this fallacy, however, does not mean that one event had no effect at all on the other phenomenon…just that the simple fact of two things happening at the same time does not demand that one caused the other. Both could have been caused by other factors that have been overlooked.