Despite the personal popularity of John Paul 2, the church has declined in Europe, North America and Latin America. Continuous poverty, sex scandals, and evangelical religions have taken their toll on the Catholic Church.
Obviously, communism is no longer a problem to the faithful, but other things are. For a church to be relevant in the here and now, it must help its parishioners cope with 21st century concerns. I think most of us know what these are.