Considering the confusion caused after the release of the draft Relatio on the Synod on the Family, with the press taking ambiguous text and proclaiming things like “Vatican proposes ‘stunning’ shift on gays, lesbians“, it is easier to understand all of the confusion by Catholics after the shifting to a “pastoral tone”, using ambiguous language, within and after the Second Vatican Council.
It is also easier to understand the reaction of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, and the tremendous growth of the SSPX, which teaches and worships using older, clearer, more concise language than many in the Church today.
From my experience, some of the things mentioned in this first chapter are dated. At least any church I have been to has the tabernacle in the center of the altar, plainly visible, as it is in SSPX chapels. I’m sure there are churches out there, though, that put them off to the side, or into another room.
But others things mentioned are still very accurate. This video is worth the 15 minutes it takes to watch.