I suppose to answer the question, I would say that there are NOT many non-Christian posters in CAF from what I’ve seen. Most folks in here are either Catholic or Protestant and they are debating the differences between the denominations. You are correct that focusing energy on non-Christians is more productive but in this format it seems more Protestants come in here either seeking/curious about Catholicism or are hostile against it, or are just in the mood to hob-nob with Christians of any variety. On a global scale you’re correct, but in CAF I’d say that it’s primarily just the old Catholic vs. Protestant debate/dialogue/discussion.
I can say that, from my experience, I’ve watched the Philippines, my wife’s birthplace and original homeland, be BOMBARDED by Protestants over the past decade. From my point of view they are good Catholics being converted to a lesser vehicle of salvation that is defective. They are leaving what I consider the truth for something incomplete. So in some ways, protestant missions in Catholic countries are damaging the work that the Catholic Church has already set up. That is another angle to look at.
Some Catholics would say that ‘some’ of the truth would still put the individual soul in jeopardy. The catechism makes it clear that protestants ‘can’ achieve salvation, but then again, so can non-Christians with invinsible ignorance. But wouldn’t it be better if these folks had ALL the truth and a better chance of salvation? Most Catholics in here (I can’t speak for everyone) I think would rather the individual have all the truth than pieces/remnants and just a Bible.
I agree with you, though, that the Catholic Church needs to take back the third world and Europe. The Philippines, which is lauded so much in CAF to be super Catholic because they forbid abortion, has ALARMING cohabitation rates, plenty of contraception despite the Church’s prohibition, constant Protestant encroachment, far too much American pop culture spoilage, and a heap of out-of-wedlock births. The gay lifestyle is also highly tolerated in the Philippines. My wife sometimes feels she scarcely recognizes the place. Catholicism has been lax in that country as it has been lax here. We need to take these countries back to their roots and re-energize the missionary zeal. In that, I definitely agree with you! As for Europe, you hit the nail on the head. Sad stuff. Pope Benedict is going to have to do more than talk about taking back Europe and his moral relativism stuff, he needs to get aggressive and get some apologetic troopers and missions going there!!