Dissension within the Church has reached almost schismatic proportions in some countries, said Mr Ted Wade, secretary of the Pro Fide movement, at a recent meeting at the Catholic chaplaincy at Warwick University.
"Dissension within the Church is nothing new, but it has reached almost schismatic proportions in countries such as Holland, France and Canada, though many seem blissfully unaware of the fact here in England," said Mr Wade.
The bishops, he said, seemed to be turning a blind eye to what was happening, and the working party report "The Church 2000" had even asserted that the mission of the Church must be reassessed with the objective of "helping men to be more fully human."
"Personal self-fulfilment is the sacred cow of the progressives within the Church," said Mr Wade. "It is a complete negation of the idea of death to self and a rebirth in Christ which the Gospels teach us."
What is needed, said Mr Wade, is for the Church to implement the true spirit of Vatican II, as set out in its declarations. "We must appraise our modern theologians, our so-called 'experts', at their true worth. "Many will be found to be nothing but pessimists. They discredit the past, damn the present, and see no hope for the future but in their own speculative ideas as to essential changes."