A reader sent this:
We were in formation in the 80’s and 90’s and were constantly barraged with the "sensus fidelium"? At every turn in pastoral theology, in liturgy, in moral theology, in Scripture in preaching in…. well…. just about everything we were admonished to be where the people are and address their real concerns. Give them what they yearn for, Jesus speaks in the Body of Christ…in the assembly!!!
Then it all dried up.
We hear it no more.
The sensus fidelium suddenly turned against the liberal agendas in theology, Scripture (the search for the historical Jesus), and especially liturgy. The crowd got conservative, and now we are no longer concerned about the "sensus fidelium" and it has now been replaced with "keeping alive the spirit of Vatican II"