By John Hubbuch
I was taught by nuns at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help. Sister Patricia Ann. Sister Philomena. Sister Teckla. Sister Rose Marie. They were intimidating, but great teachers. The current issue of the paper ("Local Catholics show support for women religious", p.9) details an ad that 218 people lending support to the nuns following a crackdown on the Vatican over the sisters being too influenced by "radical feminism". Too funny and too ridiculous to comment on.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I fear all the people who endorsed the ad may soon have much greater concerns. Nuns are going the way of the blacksmith, butler, forecaddy and moderate Republican. They are a vanishing species in America. In 2011 there were 55,944 religious sisters down almost 20% from 2005. Less than 1 percent of Catholic women are seriously considering becoming nuns. Not surprising given the job description: low or no pay, no sex and get bossed around by old white men.
I suspect sometime around 2042 AD we will read a story about the last sister in America. Institutions that are too stupid or arrogant to adapt must suffer the consequences. It will be a sad day.
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