As another blogger put it so well: "Sitting in church does not make you Catholic... any more than standing in your garage makes you a car."
As I have repeatedly said in this space, we have a massive failure to show most people why Catholic faith matters. The situation in most parishes in my area continues to deteriorate. While about 10 years ago, if you asked kids in a religious education class how many went to Mass the previous weekend, you would get somewhere between 1/4 and 1/3 who said yes, that number is dwindling to just a couple kids in each class in many parishes.
Parents continue to drop kids off so they can feel like they "raised their kids Catholic". Too often, they not only do not attend Mass, but do not send their children to religious education during non-sacrament-preparation years. The excuses, of course, are many - conflicts with sports, too expensive, too busy... Worst of all, most of these families disappear from the parish after their kids have celebrated the sacraments -- as if to say. "Done that - check it off my 'good parent list'."
What the Pope says matters. John, in the Book of Revelation, was told to tell the Angel to write:
“I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, ‘I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,’ and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. (Rev. 3:15-17)How are we, in parishes, challenging and helping Catholics to move from lukewarm to burning with the fire of the Spirit?