How to Understand the Vatican Council: Read Ratzinger
As everybody knows, it has been a tumultous/turbulent time in recent years.
For a clearer picture, if you have the time and interest then please read: The Ratzinger Report
An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger with Vittorio Messori
Earlier this year I read all of Vatican Council II and last year I read all of the Council of Trent and this really helped. If you take the time to just read the source documents then you will have a better understanding of what is going on.