These trends are not new; ever since the Vatican Council 50 years ago, many claim that the Church failed to provide "authoritative instruction and direction." Grumpy conservatives fault the bishops for not doing a better job of selling the faith. Baker won't have it: The problem is the product itself, which the "emergents" reject.
You've heard the critiques of so-called "helicopter parents" who can't stay away from their kids, smothering them with so much love and attention that they never develop self-reliance. Narcissistic, dependent, and unable to strike out on their own, your over-loved children expect everyone to wait on them hand and foot.