The main reason cited was lack of “lifelong commitments.” I read that, marriage.
The bible has a couple of things to say about leaders of the church and marriage.
“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;” 1 Timothy 3:2
In the next chapter, there’s a very specific prophecy that warns about this same subject. “Now the Spirit says clearly that in the last times some people will abandon the faith by following deceitful spirits, the teachings of demons, and the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences have been burned by a hot iron. They will try to stop people from marrying and from eating certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” 1 Timothy 4:1-3
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he is concerned about what he calls a “hemorrhage” of priests and nuns from the Catholic church.
The pope on Saturday told participants at a Vatican gathering on religious life that the loss of clergy is weakening the church.
First among the factors he cited as causing nuns and priests to quit their vocations is a society that discourages lifelong commitments. Francis lamented that many conduct their lives based on “a la carte” choices.
For decades, the Catholic church in many developed countries has seen the number of priests and nuns on the decline.
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