Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Nuns In Decline

In 1965, there were 180,000 nuns in the United States; today, there are 60,000. Back in those days America had a population of under 200 million people; now that figure is over 300 million, so in absolute terms, the number of nuns in America has declined by 67%; per capita, the figure is a bit more than 78%. Furthermore, the average age for American nuns is 70.

Some people see this as a crisis. I see it as a slow outbreak of common sense.

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