Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Pendulum Swing

The Catholic League recently referred to a study by Georgetown's Center for Applied Research that noted :
that men and women entering the priesthood and joining an order of nuns are more likely to be non-white and conservative than their predecessors. Asians, Pacific Islanders, Latinos and Africans make up an increasing share of the new recruits. Also, young women joining an order of religious are twice as likely to join an order where wearing a habit is expected than not.
What a beautiful and diverse Church we have! This is a trend I've been noticing, that younger Catholics and converts are tending to be more conservative and nostalgic for our ancient traditions, many of which have been pushed out or to the side by liberals that dominated much of the (particularly American) Church in the zeitgeist of the 1960s and '70s.
Sister Mary Bendyna, who authored the study, explained why women wanting to become a nun don't choose to join those orders which are dying out: "Volunteering, social work, working for the poor - they can do that elsewhere."
Exactly. Some watered-down Catholic girls-club is not appealing to religious today. Young people thirst for a genuine vocation and dedication to Christ. A way out of all the secular noise and distraction and pressures and into a life committed to something entirely other-worldly. Hopefully whites, both American and European (where we need the most help), can follow suit and more of them return to a true culture of following the Church's thousands of years old teachings.

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