Religious life sheds 3,000 each year

More than 3,000 men and women leave religious life every year, according to new figures from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Revealing the figures in Rome on October 29, the congregation’s leader, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo pointed to the “young age” of the majority of those leaving, and suggested this pointed to profound changes in the modern world in which these young adults were attempting to live without fixed reference points and where there is now an unhealthy obsession with the individual and dissent from Catholic teaching.