Kenneth Jones has provided a wealth of statistical information on the decline in the Catholic Church since 1965.

Kenneth Jones has provided a wealth of statistical information on the decline in the Catholic Church since 1965. From 1920 to 2000, the Catholic population in America grew from around 18 million to over 60 million, a 360% increase. During this same time, the number of priest steady rose, to a peak in 1970 of 59,000. In that same year, there were 161,000 nuns and sisters. But in the years that followed, vocations to the priesthood, sisterhood, and holy orders collapsed. There are one tenth as many seminarians today as in the Sixties. The nuns as most of us remember them – teaching and loving – have been cut by more than half. Everywhere there is a lack of, or loss of faith in Catholic teachings. What remains to be seen is whether the bishops will act to reverse these ugly trends, rather than continue to perpetuate the myth that everything is fine, and that the “fruits of the Second Council” are continuing to unfold, when in fact, the exact opposite is true.