I came across an article on a website run by the United States bishops. In it, Cardinal Dolan expressed concern over how low the marriage rate among Catholics had become. I believe the article is from 2012, before the latest stats from 2015 came out showing an even greater decline.
Cardinal Dolan described the connection between the low marriage rate and the lack of priests and nuns. I had once heard a priest in my diocese explain this as well. He said that priests come from families, and it was no coincidence that the number of priests began to fall when the marriage rate in this country began to drop. In other words, we have fewer priests and nuns because the laity are failing to get marry and produce the people that God would call to the priesthood and religious life.
I’m just curious what other priests/religious/seminarians think about this connection and what can be done about it so we don’t end up with fewer of these vocations in the future. Cardinal Dolan would like to see prayers for more marriage vocations said at Mass. What do you think of that idea? For anyone who’d like to read the article (it’s not very long) the link is listed below.