There seems to be a general rebellion against Authority (of any kind) these days. Some groups are trying to get Children’s Rights to be accepted internationally, so kids will be more autonomous, therefore more easily manipulated toward anti-life goals (freedom to have sex, anywhere, anytime, with anyone; contraception & abortion on demand with no parental notification required; emancipation from parent’s protection). Planned Parenthood is on this bandwagon.
And with all the relativistic ideas floating around (all religion is either evil or none is the “best” or right one; we can all decide our own “truth”), it’s no wonder youth are warped. Of course, not ALL are.
Many priests are just afraid to stand up for Catholic teaching! But they must, or most of us will never hear why cohabitation is sinful, or using artificial birth control, or abortion, or homosexual acts, or bucking the authority of the Pope and Magisterium.
Make no mistake about it, the group Call to Action is behind a lot of this. We faithful must make more of a push to get excellent catechesis in our parishes, for both children AND adults.
I listen to EWTN and Relevant Radio, and read a lot, so I am able to tell pretty quickly when I’m being misled. Praying the rosary helps a great deal, too.
I agree with ReggieM:
I think many of our fellow-believers have fallen into the errors of Protestantism, agnosticism and even some atheism – at least to some extent.
What I have done is become involved in our parish library; trouble is, it’s not getting much traffic. We’ll keep working on it, though! There are SO many great books, CD’s, and DVD’s available now.