I agree. It is all about personal holiness, all about oneself. If there’s anybody to blame, examine the self first rather playing the blame game and providing all kinds of answers.
The decline of religiousness was a world phenomenum perhaps starting in the sixties - due to technological revolution and post-war experience, that created a generation of rebels and complacency.
This was to be found in the West because that was where it started, and thus the third world was largely unaffected, and it resulted in religious decline accordingly, which is what we see today.
I was a sixties generation but managed to experince pre-Vatican II as a kid and the beginning of Vatican II.
I was brought up in a very intense religious church life but once grown up and became independent, was caught up in the world. I returned to an intense church life again, after I found my personal holiness.
And all of these got nothing to do with how the mass liturgy was celebrated. For example, I found the mass and the homilies boring, but after I was renewed, the mass suddenly became so meaningful to me and I just came to love it. Even the priest, one which I never listened to because he was very boring, I suddenly found myself attentive to, and every part of the mass.
The answer was not the way the mass is celebrated but how to find oneself in God. The mass, the Sacraments, the Bible, prayers and devotions are all there and they are all gifts from God, we just need to have our hearts opened to find them.
And if we want to, by surrendering ourselves to God in repentance, His grace will renew us to be the children He want us to be, but it has to begin with ourselves; it has to begin with a personal decision - I want to know and love God.