Lots of bad news in the poll, according to the AP article:
"...the study found that only 36 percent of the younger Catholics attend Mass at least once a month, compared with 64 percent of the older generation.
"Sixty-eight percent of all Catholics surveyed said they agreed that they believed they could be in good standing with the church without going to weekly Mass.
"The poll, 'Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice Among U.S. Catholics,' found that nearly one-third of the nation's 64 million Catholics attend Mass in any given week. That figure has remained the same in the last five years, according to the report.
"Thirty percent of the respondents said they go to confession less than once a year and 45 percent said they never go."
The AP article also says:
"San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer, head of the bishops' communications committee, was encouraged by the openness to faith in the survey but said it highlighted the need for better religious instruction.
"'The challenge for [C]hurch leaders," he said, "is to help them [Catholics] see what Catholicism really means.'"
It is stupefying: How could a situation arise in which many in a whole generation of U.S. Catholics do not know "what Catholicism really means" and so do not even go to Mass and Confession?
This is what happens when we let "spirit, not letter, of Vatican II" Catholics run things, especially our catechesis.
Dump all the heterodox and dumbed-down catechisms. Bring back the Baltimore Catechism, immerse everyone in it and then teach high school and college-age kids, and adults, the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
And dump the bishops responsible for not teaching Catholics the Faith.