Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Bitter Fruits of Vatican II
Index of Leading Catholic Indicators: The Church Since Vatican II by Kenneth Jones

You can find an excellent article by Pat Buchanan concerning such here;

Here's some of the high (low) lights;

1. Priests. While the number of priests in the United States more than doubled to 58,000 between 1930 and 1965, since then the number has fallen to 45,000. By 2020, there will be only 31,000 left, and more than half of those will be OVER the age of 70.

2. Ordinations. In 1965, 1,575 new priests were ordained in the United States. In 2002, the number had fallen to a whopping 450.

3. Seminarians. Between 1965 and 2002, the number of seminarians dropped from 49,000 to 4,000. A decline of over 90 percent. Of the 600 seminaries that were open in the U.S. in 1965, two thirds have since CLOSED!

4. Sisters. In 1965 there were 180,000 Catholic nuns in the U.S. By 2002, that number had fallen to 75,000 and the average age was 68. In 1965 there were 104,000 teaching nuns. Today there are 8,200, a decline of 94% since the end of the Second Vatican Council.

5. Religious Orders. For religious orders in America, the end is in sight. in 1965, 3,559 young men were studying to become Jesuits. In 2000, the figure was 389. Things are even worse for The Christian Brothers. Their number has shrunk by two-thirds, with the number of seminarians falling 99%. In 1965 there were 912 seminarians for The Christian Brothers. Sadly... in 2000, there were only seven. That's right... SEVEN!! The number of young men studying to become Fransiscans and Redemptorists fell from 3,379 in 1965 to 84 in 2000.

6. Catholic Schools. Almost half of all Catholic High Schools in the U.S. have since closed since 1965. The student population has fallen from 700,000 to 386,000. Parochial schools have suffered even worse. Some 4,000 have shut down, and the number of pupils has fallen from 4.5 million to just under 2 million.

...what was that again how The Church needs those reforms of Vatican II?


Blogger Geoffrey Gilbert said...

I would like to know where Pat Buchanan goes to Church. He cant be Novus Ordo.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

1:21 PM  
Blogger Kevin Whiteman said...

From what I recall, he attends the Traditional Latin Mass... along with Justices Anton Scalia and Clarence Thomas. I also seem to recall that Justice Thomas makes his law clerks attend Mass with him.

7:23 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Hopefully Roberts is joining Scalia and Thomas for Mass.

11:52 PM  
Blogger Geoffrey Gilbert said...

"Makes his law clerks attend"? How does he get away with that?

Is Alito Catholic? Does it really matter? There are a few nominal Catholics on the court right now and they arent doing a damned thing.

1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Concerning the sisters, the demise of the unhabited does not bother me since feminism has encroached their orders. In the last 20 years or so I ran into only one unhabited nun who appeared solid in her faith. But I bring you good news. The habited nuns are coming back! They are the only ones I would trust to teach the children.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Non Sum Dignus said...

"Makes his law clerks attend"? How does he get away with that?

I seem to recall reading that somewhere. I very well may be wrong. But if it is in fact true... well, if'n your a SC Justice... what they gonna do, fire him?

1:10 PM  

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