One of you readers recently sent me an interesting link to a page of the blog of Fr. Joseph Komonchak. Fr. Komonchak has provided the original – but rejected – schemata for the Second Vatican Council.
At some time you might peruse them and see what might have been, the Council that might have been.
The “schemata” were documents worked up during the preparatory phase before the Council. Various schemas (schemata) were prepared on different themes. A few months before the Council opened, John XXIII had the First Series of seven sent to the Council Fathers around the world. Some bishops, especially the Dutch, under the inspiration of Fr Edward Schillebeeckx engineered a overturning of the order of consideration of the themes, pushing liturgy to the fore. Various liberal factions began attacking the schemata and issuing rival schemata.
You can read about the pirating of the Council and the rejection of the original schemata in
The Rhine Flows into the Tiber: A History of Vatican II by Ralph Wiltgen
This book can help you understand what really went on during the Council behind the scenes. Subsequently, it will show you how certain factions now seek to control Synods.