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More nuns over 90 than under 60 October 27, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in disaster, General Catholic, sadness, scandals.

That’s beyond sad, it’s a disaster.  Religious, especially contemplative religious, are the prayer powerhouse of the Church.  They are absolutely needed for the life of the Church and for the good of untold numbers of souls.  But the embrace of the world and the rejection of rules in favor of being “relevant” and “engaged” has absolutely gutted many religious orders, many of which have not had a new vocations in two or three…….not years……but decades!

In August 2009, the National Religious Vocation Conference published a study on recent vocations to religious life conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Using statistics gathered from religious institutes as well as from meetings with focus groups of young religious in selected institutes, the study revealed some dramatic trends. While there are more women religious in the United States over the age of 90 than under the age of 60, some congregations are definitely experiencing an upsurge in new vocations.

The good news, I pray, that the bottom has been reached.  There are a number of more orthodox orders that are doing extremely well, both on the men’s and women’s side.   That is a great blessing, and surely an answer to many prayers.  And I pray a lesson has been learned, at least among those who aren’t so steeped in the lifestyle to be unable to learn much of anything anymore; religious vocations are not just a particularly leftist branch of social work, they are a call to something far more significant.  Oh, and one more – bitter, angry, far left feminism (and more than a little lesbianism) is not attractive to the  vast, vast majority of young women.

The demographic breakdown, I would imagine, is very revealing.  Measured on a curve, I bet the median age is now between 72 and 74, with a rapid falloff towards 60 and 90, and then just a plunge off a cliff (but then, with a small but growing spike of very young nuns – not sisters, but nuns – under 35).  No wonder the Vatican is concerned – without a major change/conversion women religious would be all but dead (ahem) as an institution within 20 years or so.  After all, not many people live much past 90, and those that do are rarely very dynamic.  Without a change, women religious in this nation will be a relic.

I pray the continued renewal of some orders and explosive growth in orthodox orders continues.  Don’t you?

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