(This is just an outsiders observation, and not meant to offend.)
I have met and known many Catholics in my life (my fathers side is Catholic). I can think of two where I could see that they knew and practiced their faith. Two people (out of hundreds), where there faith made a difference in their life! My brother in law is a life long Catholic, who I have explained what the Eucharist and Transubstantiation are to him (he knew not even the basics). I have been to Catholic services back when I was really searching and was shocked (not a modestly dressed girl attending, people in and out, no one paying attention, etc…). In the parking lot an old woman pulled me off to the side and asked how much money she was expected to give for the new building as she was very broke (this was the sermon topic). I told her I was just a visitor and had no idea, and she began to talk my ear off as she later confessed how lonely she was. I suggested she join her churches bible study, she replied that they had none or that she wasn’t welcomed. I suppose I could go on with my experiences, but you get the point.
Why is there an apparent spiritual death in Catholic circles? My wife and I really have Christ as the center of our home, and I fear if I were ever to be fully convinced of Catholic doctrine that I would have to abandon my faith and closeness to Christ.