When deciding whether an expressed desire for authentic and traditional Catholic teaching and praxis, and vigilance toward the same, is radical, we must look deeper and not stay on the surface.

When Bishops fail to safeguard Catholic teaching – because many times they fail – we must feel the pain of that failure and accompany those who have been failed in their right desires and denied their patrimony, not condemn them. It is not enough just to condemn over-reactions or hyper-vigilance, we must show them love. We must admit that we, the Church, have often failed them. We have repeatedly failed in granting them their rights and failed to be generous in so many ways.

So much depends on how the texts of The Second Vatican Council are interpreted. The question is not that of changing doctrine, but to go into the depths, and ensuring that pastoral efforts take into account people’s situations, and that, which it is possible for people to do and believe.

This is the long path that the Church must travel. The faith is in a very “serious crisis” in that so many people don’t receive the authentic faith anymore. We need to give an answer and that answer cannot be “get over it” or “get out.” But we need to think deeply about it. One must avoid to stay on the surface.

As long as the real problems of these poor souls are not radically resolved by rejecting creeping modernism and a genuine embrace of that which has been held sacred and can never be viewed as hamrful, no solution will be found for these problems.