The Primary Cause: Contraception-- its use by Catholics, its acceptance and/or tolerance by the Church's pastors, and the total retreat from Catholic doctrine by the Church's hierarchy after Vatican II.
One Effect: Catholic Institutions Die Out-- St. Elizabeth Academy, a Catholic girls high school with a 130-year history, will close at the end of the year. St. John the Baptist is also in imminent danger of closing.
There are fewer Catholics, having fewer Catholic babies, whom are raised Catholic in ever fewer numbers. There are fewer priests and sisters to teach them, and fewer intact Catholic families to form them. The schools and parishes that used to work with parents to impart the faith have stopped doing so. Parents who used to impart the faith no longer do.
When will the Church own the fact that its actions in the wake of the Second Vatican Council have nearly destroyed us? When will the Church rouse herself to actually apply the solution? The faith is informed by, and protected by, the Liturgy. As long as our liturgy is anemic, so will be our faith. Restore the Liturgy, restore the faith.
When will things get better?