I fear that we adults, are responsible.
I think we don't teach the youth enough about the Faith.
As the Lord stated....we need to ensure that "seed" falls on fertile ground.
How many times do the kids join their parents at church on Sundays....stand there....fidget....and not truly realize what is occurring before them each Sunday?
If the kids are mere spectators, and not participants...they will stop coming as soon as their parents stop being an influence on them.
They need to come to church not because it's "what they do" on Sundays....but, because they KNOW Christ is present.....and they come to worship, thank, and spend time with him.
They need to yearn the Eucharist....and feel a void, when they aren't able to participate in church services.
We need to teach them to love Christ. How we do it....I'm not so sure....but, we need to.
I agree with you. Parents do hold a lot of responsibility towards this problem. The scriptures tell parents to "train up their children in the Lord". They also tell us "That the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge".
As a parent, I believe it is important to teach children deeply about Christianity. The fundamentals of sin, and how Christians should act in this world in faith. I think it is important to expose children to people who have had lives severely affected by their sins.
If a child does not understand these things, then worldly ways and sin could stray them from any church. I've seen this in Orthodox as well as Mennonites (old order). It's very sad. People who would have otherwise been very strong in faith and devout Christians, led astray through worldly sinful ways.
The challenges teens face today is insane.
I can't imagine the struggles of 16-17 year old males who have instant & private access to things like internet pornography. The distortion this will cause in their lives could be very severe. Not because of any strength I have, but pretty much luck, I was a married adult before the internet even began to go mainstream. Teens also have video games, insane amounts of television, and instant entertainment on demand.... All distracting from faith.
When a young man is 18, it is hard for him to choose prayer, to read ancient scriptures, over watching Aliens on demand.
The challenge is only growing, faith is dropping, and the level of available distractions are insane.
Anybody near 40 years old to 50 years old easily can remember when you rode your bikes all day, there were 3-5 channels on TV., etc. There were such things as "boring summers". That gave our "distracted years" sometimes more time to "reflect".
Today any 18 year old can walk play games for days upon weeks.... they can get any movie or fall to porn nearly instantly.... their friends are a text away. (remember riding your bike somewhere and knocking on a door to see if a friend could come out?)
Anyway, its the parents fault, and their fault for allowing their young people to be so "caught up" and distracted.