Both are good and both are, in their own way, true.
The first is from Time Magazine.
Nuns are an endangered species. They are dying and not being replaced.
If you think the news is bad now, a world without nuns would be a far worse place. The nuns that I know are much too humble to tout their achievements and all of the good they contribute to society, but make no mistake, they are an integral part of the fabric that holds our civilization together.
In 2014 there were just 49,883 religious Catholic sisters in the United States, down 13% percent from 2010 according to figures from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate. To put it in greater perspective, that is a 72% decline since 1965.
Because nuns don’t brag about all of the good that they do or hashtag how awesome they are on Facebook, many people have no idea about the things they accomplish on a daily basis.
You probably haven’t heard about Sister Joan Dawber. Sister Joan, a Sister of Charity of Halifax, runs a safe house in Queens for victims of human trafficking—former sex and labor slaves. She takes these women in when they have no one else to protect them and risks her life to help them rebuild theirs.
About 20 minutes away by car from Sister Joan’s safe house, Sister Tesa Fitzgerald works tirelessly to raise the children of mothers who are incarcerated. When those women get out of prison Sister Tesa helps them get clothes, jobs and an apartment. Those women credit Tesa with nothing less than saving their lives.
Most people don’t know about Sister Nora Nash, a Franciscan Sister who lives just outside of Philadelphia. As her order’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Sister Nora wakes up every single morning determined to make corporations more responsible to the human race. Sister Nora and her assistant director, Tom McCaney have taken to task the grocery store chain Kroger over the rights of farm workers, Hershey’s chocolate company over child labor, McDonald’s over childhood obesity, Walmart on raising their minimum wage and Wells Fargo over predatory lending practices. Nash wakes up every single morning determined to make corporations more responsible to the human race. Then she follows through on it.
Retrieved September 1 2014 from http://time.com/3222422/vatican-catholic-church-nuns-nunquisition/
The second is from Catholic Culture
In a highly tendentious Time essay about tensions between the Vatican and American women religious, Jo Piazza begins with the accurate observation that American nuns are “dying out and not being replaced.” She then goes on to convey the impression that the sharp decline in the number of women religious is due to the Vatican’s unwillingness to accommodate feminists. Anyone acquainted with the reality of the situation knows that the religious orders bucking the downward trend—the ones that actually are attracting new vocations—are the ones most in tune with Vatican thinking, and least influenced by secular feminism. Piazza goes on to deliver these very revealing lines:
Many of the women who are nuns today joined the vocation because it was a way to become highly educated, travel the world and dedicate themselves to a higher good without being beholden to a husband or children.
Young women today can do that with a passport and a Kickstarter account.
If Piazza’s notion of what motivated older nuns is accurate, then the old mainstream religious orders deserve to die, and Kickstarter is a perfectly acceptable alternative. If a young woman’s only goal is the pursuit of some inchoate “higher good” (plus perhaps an aversion to husbands and children), religious consecration is not necessary. Piazza supports nuns because they do things that she wants done, not because they are nuns.
Retrieved September 1, 2014 from http://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=868