We have to think of ways we can proclaim the Gospel message (found most fully in the Eucharist) so that it ignites a passion in the hearts of loosely connected Catholics and compels them to learn everything they can about the Christian way of life. In this way, they can be the agents of healing for those who have abandoned their Catholic faith. They will become the agents of evangelization capable of welcoming back those who have fallen away. They will be the ones who ultimately reach that 10 percent of Americans who were raised Catholic but are now Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion at all. We cannot catechize our way to reach them. We have to take on a different approach.
This chapter is about teaching the faithful Catholic adults, proclaiming the Gospel to the “Christmas-and-Easter Catholics,” and healing the many fallen-away Catholics who feel marginalized and abandoned by the Church