SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Jim Graves

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December 25, 2019
Much has been written over the past few decades about the dramatic decline of religious life in the United States since the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, but nowhere is it more noticeable than its impact on women religious. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), there were
December 23, 2019
Among the most startling aspects of the post-Vatican II era of the Catholic Church has been the dramatic decline of vocations to the religious life in the Western world. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), the number of religious priests in the US declined from 22,707 to 11,326 between 1965
September 12, 2019
The revelation of sexual misconduct by the former cardinal Theodore McCarrick (pictured) and other clerics has prompted some diocesan bishops to call for further investigations; the adoption of new policies applying to bishops; and personal acts of reparation. I asked four diocesan bishops who have made public statements about the scandal to share their thoughts.
September 05, 2019
Ask bishops how their dioceses are doing for vocations to the priesthood and a response you’ll often receive is: “Not too bad, but we’d like to be doing better.” In reality, many dioceses are struggling to attract the seminarians they need to replace their retiring priests. Statistics have shown a dramatic decline in vocations to
July 04, 2019
Among the most startling aspects of the post-Vatican II era of the Catholic Church has been the dramatic decline of vocations to the religious life in the Western world. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), the number of religious priests in the US declined from 22,707 to 11,326 between 1965
January 17, 2019
Much has been written over the past few decades about the dramatic decline of religious life in the United States since the close of the Second Vatican Council in 1965, but nowhere is it more noticeable than its impact on women religious. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), there were