In his Holy Wednesday homily delivered in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Paul VI says that the Catholic Church is experiencing a "restless, critical, unruly, and demolishing rebellion" by priests and laymen against the Church's institutions, canon law, and authority.
According to Pope Paul VI:
"The Church suffers above all from the restless, critical, unruly, and demolishing rebellion of so many of its children — priests, teachers, laymen, those devoted to the service and testimony of Christ and the living Church — against its intimate and indispensable communion, against its institutional existence, against its canon rule, its tradition, its interior cohesion, against its authority, the unchangeable principle of truth, unity, and charity, against its very requirements of sanctity and sacrifice.
It suffers from the defection and the scandal of certain priests and religious who today crucify the Church. ...The Church is going through great sufferings today, even after the council [Second Vatican Council].
The Church is suffering — suffering from the suppression of liberty in many countries, from disloyalty by many Catholics, and above all by the restlessness, criticism, indocility and the demolishing uprising of so many of her sons, including favorite sons — priests, teachers, laymen.
It suffers through the abandonment of so many Catholics of the fidelity that centuries-old tradition merits and that pastoral effort, full of understanding and love, should earn."