The post below, the third article by Paul Likoudis originally published in The Wanderer which details that paper's interesting history, contains a lively account of the media's reporting--and misreporting--on the first Vatican Council. I didn't realize that the secular press had such an interest in undermining that Council's declaration on papal infallibility, but it's not all that surprising given what was at stake.
I have to keep this brief, as I'm pressed for time today, but this quote is one I'm pondering:
“Should it happen that a few people fall away from the Church as a result of the definition of the true teaching by the Vatican Council, these will be people who have for a long time already suffered shipwreck of the faith and are just looking for a pretext to make the break public inasmuch as they have left no doubt as to their interior breach…
The same thing happened after Vatican II. And upon the promulgation of Humanae Vitae. And so many other times in the Church's history.
I think that the Catholic who begins seriously to contemplate leaving the Church has, in a real sense, already left her. Should he reconsider before making that final, he has only to confess his temptation to leave--but so few, having begun to think of leaving, will reconsider; many will seize upon the first viable excuse to put into action what they have already long considered doing.