Worldwide Roman Catholic Nuns and Monks Decline

The Vatican has reported a further dramatic fall in the number of Roman Catholic monks and nuns worldwide.Newly published statistics showed that the number of men and women belonging to religious orders fell by 10% to just under a million between 2005 and 2006.

Let the dawah continue!

Of the total, 753,400 members were women, while 191,810 were men, including 136,171 priests and 532 permanent deacons.

It’s really interesting to see how many nuns there are versus how many priests there are.  I guess women are more into the religion than men.

Source: BBC News

9 Replies to “Worldwide Roman Catholic Nuns and Monks Decline”

  1. mujahid7ia on February 5, 2008 at 7:27 pm said:

    I don’t see what this has to do with dawah.

    Also, the comment texts and fields for Name, Email, and site don’t line up properly on Opera 9.21.

    this post says that the numberof priests and nuns are dropping meaning less converts to chistianity and judaism….so the dawah part is to bring more ppl into Islam becuz after all itis the correct religion.

  2. That seems like quite a jump in logic. In fact, I see this as a sign of declining religiosity in general, rather than signifying less converts or Judaism or Christianity, let alone an increase in converts to Islam.

  3. As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

    Perhaps Catholic girls are more into each other than the men are? Who can blame them, really?

    All joking aside, when a society is dominated by the Church, it is easy for the Church to exert social pressure on people to enter the priesthood or the monastic or apostolic orders, and when entering one is preferable to a dreary marriage (it is easier to get out of a religious order than a Catholic marriage, in the early stages) or to unemployment, it explains why they were popular in places like post-war Ireland. Those conditions do not exist in most places now, which is why only the most serious Catholics enter the orders.

  4. Wouldn’t it only be a dawah if the would be nuns and priests became Muslims? I don’t think much of that happens in Roman Catholic.

  5. along the same vein as a couple other comments- i do not see the correlation between da’wah and the numbers of people in religious orders. if you’ve noticed, religiosity on the whole (with exceptions in some pockets) is on the decline in the modernized parts of the world (and with lots of the world modernizing…). people today are more willing to accept science and technology as their guiding forces than “old-fashioned” religion.

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