Ttony has a series of blog posts explaining a turning point in English Catholicism, the Liverpool Pastoral Congress or LPC.
just don’t mention wigwams
The LPC marks the point at which the agenda of the Church in England turned from encouraging the lay apostolates and evangelisation to a fudge I compromise.
The premise was simple: a meeting of the faithful was called; the timing was such that not many “ordinary” folk could attend; the agenda was carefully designed to arrive at answers that the LPC’s architects wanted.
Armed with the products of the LPC, the senior bishops of England and Wales hoped to have a liberalising impact on the Church and were, deo gratias, rebuffed by the relatively newly installed John Paul II.
Unable to propagate their agenda in the wider Church, the architects of the LPC settled for doing what they could to implement their vision at home.
The most encouraging part of the story is that Ttony sees that the process of healing the Church has started.