From THE TELEGRAPH:
Just two weeks before he steps down as pontiff, Benedict XVI told a group of priests in the Vatican that as a result, some church services had become little more than community meetings. The 85-year-old Pope blamed the media for twisting and misrepresenting the reforms of the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, presenting them as the beginning of a transfer of power from the Vatican to individual bishops and their congregation. As a result, some churches had perhaps misunderstood the intent of the Second Vatican Council, losing their focus on the liturgy “as an act of faith” and instead trying to make it “understandable, similar to a community activity, something profane.”
Heaven forbid the Church would try and make something understandable! You let the laity understand something and the next thing you know they’ll be asking you to explain why women can’t be priests, priests can’t have sex and same gender couples get married.
It’s a shame the pope didn’t call the media profane word-twisters earlier on in his reign. If he had have done perhaps newspapers like The Telegraph wouldn’t have been so far up his arse for the last eight years.