Everywhere, even in traditionally Catholic nations like Latin America, human beings are increasingly embracing other kinds of religions and forms of spirituality. Especially popular is the evangelical movement. That's documented in "The End of Power," by Moises Naim. Here you can order the book from Amazon.com.
Amazingly, perhaps because its leader Pope Francis is a rock star, Roman Catholic positions still capture media attention. USA Today, for instance, reports:
"Catholic bishops rejected a landmark change Saturday in the rigid stance on gays and divorces, revealing enormous gaps within the curch at the end of a two-week meeting."
As time goes on, the bishops can continue to vote. However, the media will cover less and less of the decision-making of a group of old men whose global power is weakening. For the holiday story on Christmas eve, news crews could be waiting outside a spiritual center like Tamara in Tucson, Arizona.
Twice monthly at Tamara, there is Standing Room Only (STO) as seekers of inner peace receive "messages" from ministers (primarily female) from the spirit realm. On Tuesday evenings there are explorations on how to develop relationships with spirit guides, angels, and other sources of help.
Meanwhile, Catholicism continues to harden on bits and pieces of dogma. Its orthodoxy could accelerate its loss of power.
Reflection: It is 2020. How many media organizations will be at the Vatican on Christmas Eve?