The trail of Catholicism in America is a clear example of culture influencing faith more often than faith influencing culture.With this, I would have to disagree. Catholicism has had a major impact on culture in many ways in this country. But, we have a much lesser impact than we previously have had.
I do believe the answer is to continue to evangelize both the culture and individuals and until the Church has a return to our missionary roots in this country, we will continue to see a slide in influence.
Yes, there are many signs of hope. But, the signs are somewhat isolated. Growing, but isolated. We need an explosion of the Holy Spirit. This can only come when we overcome our fear of sharing and living out the faith.