Here is a pertinent blog post from Fr. Peter Carota about how "the questioning everything Catholic" contributed to 1.72 billion abortions worldwide: Traditional Catholic Priest
From the article:
But this “climate of questioning everything Catholic” had already been fomented by the way Vatican II was run. Everything seemed to be up for grabs. We were now “the new educated generation of Catholics” who could now clearly throw away medieval doctrine and come up with “modern” christianity that would be “relevant” to “modern man”. And we see this in the wording of some of the councils documents. They used words that changed the meaning of what the Church had always taught before, like on ecumenism, collegiality, and freedom of religion.
Many, many bishops, priests, religious and theologians began publicly and privately to dissented from the Church’s prohibition of the use of birth control. I have read over and over their statements of dissent. Most of you are too young to have lived through these times.
Here's a post from Fr. Ray Blake's blog titled "Once we had millions of Evangelists"
From the article:
There can be no worthwhile evangelisation unless it begins and ends in Truth and unless the evangelisers are believable. Personally, I believe that the 'misson' of the Second Vatican Council was to find a way to express the Truth in the modern world, however in the interpretation of the Council's teaching a fracture was introduced between the Church's practice and prayer, and the Church's belief. The fracture meant the Church lost its credibility, hence our churches emptied. We became seen as 'hypocritical'. We lost the sense of 'noble simplicity' which comes from the basic premise of the Catholic Church that Jesus Christ is God, God founded the Church and promises to be with it until the end of time, hence you can -and must- trust the Catholic Church, the Church ceased to be immediately intelligible, the greater Truth was obscured by lesser truths.
Fr. Hunwicke (who is quoted at Fr. Blake's blog) has a series of posts about the fracture in the Church that has resulted in the crisis we have been experiencing for decades. Here, here, here, and here.
Here's a blog post (that went viral) about Steve Skojec's experience with fellow Catholics who aren't happy with his views on Pope Francis. It doesn't take a rigorist
The Church is attractive because she is beautiful. The Church is appealing, despite her many rules and requirements, because she alone claims fullness of truth. The Church is inspiring because she is noble, and her traditions and customs give witness to her profound sacramental beliefs.
Much of this, perhaps even most of this, has been lost since Vatican II. The Church has become an instrument of compromise, of syncretism, and of mediocrity. A bourgeois, bubble gum-chewing religion of suburban good cheer. Her architecture has become banal, her music profane, her liturgies humanistic. She no longer challenges the world with witness to Christ Crucified, but instead tells the world that there are many paths to heaven for people of good conscience.
For the life of me, I can’t fathom why anyone faced with the Church of 2013 would choose to convert to Catholicism. For fellowship? I can get fellowship from the local MegaChurch, with far fewer impositions on my personal liberty. For the sacraments? But most Catholics don’t even believe in the Real Presence, most parishes have no adoration or Eucharistic devotions, most priests offer an hour or less per week of confession time on the parish schedule.