American Baby Boomers might be the last generation whose members bad-mouth growing up Roman Catholic, at least for a while. The leadership of Catholicism and its values (e.g. not judging, softening capitalism) have made the religion cool. Expect Millennials to migrate from experimenting with Eastern philosophies like Buddhism and to investigate what Catholicism could offer them.
Already, there are many signs of these changing times. The BOSTON GLOBE, which broke the story of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, has hired a Vatican expert. He's John Allen. Eventually, it might launch a stand-alone publication on Catholicsm. Here is that story by POLITICO.
Another sign of the times will be that chronicles of our suffering at the hands of sadistic nuns, Catholic schools which encouraged rote memorization, and two or more collections at Sunday mass won't engage. Not any more. No one cares. Everyone is ready to give Pope Francis a chance. After all, why not. The heroes of the 20th century, ranging from Martin Luther King to Nelson Mandela, are gone. Francis could fill the bill. Human beings are wired for inspiration.