The essay in last month’s First Things by Joseph Bottum is finally online When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano,
Catholic Culture in America. This is not a short essay, but it is well worth your time. I remember reading it when it came out in First Things and thought it was extremely balanced and informative. As a convert the years during and immediately after Vatican II I have no personal experience of. This article fills in many gaps in my own knowledge and gives details on many interesting cases. There is also much in it that will annoy people on both divides of the Church.
Amy Welborn alluded to the fact the other day that she was going to do a post in response to this article and I bet when she does her comment box counter will be ringing. It will be interesting to read through the responses to those who directly experienced this time in the Church.
Hat tip to Rich Leonardi for mentioning this article was available.