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Women’s religious orders disappearing in US

July 28, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: The number of women religious in the US has declined by 76% in the past 50 years, and the average sister is now 80 years old, the Associated Press reports.

Fewer than 1% of the women religious in the US today are under the age of 40. At the present rate, in 20 years the total number of nuns in the country will be below 1,000.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 30, 2022 7:12 PM ET USA

    Women's religious orders are closing down as quickly in the U.S. as parishes are. Seems like a commentary on contemporary Catholic culture in the age of faithless Catholics. The example of "good Catholics" in public office, media, and pulpits who belie and make scandal of the Catholic faith is nothing to boast about and nothing to be supported by the Vatican.