The "gay lobby" in the Vatican and the still widespread rejection of the Church's teaching on homosexuality are not the only problems that need the urgent attention of the Pope and his allies. One that is of very great importance is catechesis, especially in Catholic schools in some places, and in parishes and dioceses. Young people are casualties of the long-standing failure to teach the WHOLE faith in schools and many adults have become confused about what they are expected to believe because bishops and priests have been afraid to speak the truth and to teach the faith clearly and unambiguously. The scandal of high school children receiving Holy Communion when they have no interest in or intention of attending their local parish weekend Masses has to stop. Many of them may not be at fault because they do not know any better and, in some cases, because of lapsed parental influence, but those of us who have been charged with the responsibility of preaching the Gospel and teaching the Faith, have a sacred duty to teach the Faith as it is - welcome or unwelcome. It is time the hypocrisy of Catholic education in the West was openly recognised and it is time to insist that bishops implement - or encourage the implementation - of Vatican directives regarding Catholic education.
It cannot be right that so many people, aged now as high as the late forties, apparently have such a poor understanding of basic Catholic moral teaching, and receive Holy Communion and hardly ever go to confession. We cannot know who is in mortal sin of course, but there is something wrong when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is ignored (more or less) and almost everyone receives Holy Communion. There needs to be some investigation, especially in schools, and our young people need to be taught the WHOLE Faith. I hope that Pope Francis helps us to deal with these problems and insists on a faithful presentation of Catholic Truth.