I began The Smoke of Satan in the Temple of God by taking note that many Catholics after Vatican II were told by pastors, curates, religious, or theologians that the sacred council had changed certain aspects of Catholic theology or practice, and consequently had never read the documents of Vatican II for themselves. As we approach the Year of Faith, it's not too late to get started!!! To get motivated, perhaps this will help: many Catholics misunderstood or ignored the council's teachings under the influence of secular culture and, as the Holy Father recently stated, "embraced uncritically the dominant mentality, placing in doubt the very foundations of the deposit of faith, which they sadly no longer felt able to accept as truths. Recent decades have seen the advance of a spiritual 'desertification.'" He also remarked that fifty years ago, history offered glimpses of a "life or a world without God. Now we see it every day around us. This void has spread." Yet, the pope said, a "thirst for God, for the ultimate meaning of life" is still evident...."