Some atheists have a live and let live attitude toward religion so long as it has no effect on their lives. A second type of atheist rejects the idea of God’s moral order, which would forbid the decadent lifestyle the atheist wishes to pursue.
A modern education heavily weighted in bad philosophy must accept some of the blame. Those whose job it is to teach the truth have ceased to do so in the name of religious liberty and a false ecumenism.
The solution to stopping the spread of this malaise is not easy. The problems that cause it run deep within our social institutions. But what is required to affect a turnaround is no less than a return of society to the Eternal Truth that these people have rejected. This will require Catholics — and especially bishops — to combat and defeat error rather than remain silent in its presence.
Further, it entails the outspoken, public teaching of the Catholic Truth, especially of the truth written by St Paul: “Therefore, if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above and not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.”