Religion: Too Few Nuns

A threatened shortage of sisters in the U.S.—alarming news for Roman Catholics, if true—was revealed last week by the Rev. Edward F. Garesché, a Manhattan Jesuit. His surveys of 43 American sisterhoods (one of which has already appeared in the Catholic weekly America} shows that they now receive only about three-fourths of the candidates they need, and the number of postulants has slumped steadily since 1936.

Three reasons were suggested by Father Garesché: the changed economic position of women; the fact that since 1929 many girls could get jobs more easily than their brothers and often had to help support their families;...

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