The Other I

February 5, 2008

The disappearing world of Catholic nuns

Filed under: Catholicism and other questions of religion,Life as a Nun — theotheri @ 4:24 pm

I did know that the world in which I had grown up had changed, but was astonished to read a summary of a report from the Vatican that today there are fewer than 750,000 Catholic nuns in the world, and less than 200,000 priests. 

And people living what the Vatican calls “a consecrated life” are continuing to disappear at an accelerating rate.  There are 25% fewer nuns now than when John Paul II became pope, and there was a jaw-dropping decline of 10% in the year 2005 alone.

I’m beginning to think that my past is a little more interesting than I realized.   

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