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What pressure from the Vatican is doing to American nuns

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  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    Aug. 20, 2014 6:56 a.m.

    "the total number of nuns, also called religious sisters, in the United States has fallen from roughly 180,000 in 1965 to about 50,000 in 2014."

    Part of the loss of numbers is due to the long-standing tradition of nuns only being allowed to enter teaching or nursing roles in the workforce. And part is also due to women being denied access to the priesthood. But a more secular factor may be due to the end of the Great Depression and the loss of large families because they no longer were looking to the Church to provide a stable environment when they could actually enter the workforce and provide for their own welfare.

  • Shane333 Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 20, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    Sounds like an internal matter. I'll leave it to the Catholic Church to handle their own internal matters.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Aug. 20, 2014 10:11 a.m.

    Curious if this will change under the leadership of Francis, a man who seems more concerned with putting into practice the Sermon on the Mount than in enforcing a doctrinaire and dare I say right-wing Catholic theology of his predecessor, Herr Ratzinger.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Aug. 22, 2014 10:24 a.m.

    "fallen ... to 50,000 in 2014."

    How do you solve a problem like Maria?