The same thing is happening here in Mexico. Young Mexicans are increasingly irreligious. Mexico is growing rapidly in education and sophistication. I know only three young Mexicans well enough to tell you their religious perspectives, and they're all atheists.Two are "living in sin" together, the third a lesbian. That's not much data, but all three tell me that their generation tends to disregard the pope.AND btw the influx of Latin people from south the border....
Are highly religious folks as much as our parents generation. The majority of them are Christians.
A fourth that has not shared her religious views with me - is an artist in her late twenties and living unmarried with a young American photographer who is definitely not religious.
A fifth has not discussed his religious views with me either, but he named his now 6-year old daughter Akari - Japanese for light - after her mother Luz, which is Spanish for light. Religious people tend to choose names like Maria. Akari sounds pretty progressive and New Agey to me.
So, my very limited view of life for young Mexicans is very positive. They're wealthier and more worldly than their parents were, and they seem to look to the modern world for ideas, not their parents or the past..