So, what will happen to mainstream western religions when there is no-one left who wants to be a nun or a priest? The numbers have been dropping for decades (and the wealth increasing), yet the churches are doing nothing. Perhaps they're praying for an answer, or perhaps in their usual patriarchal arrogance, they don't think nuns are worth saving, so long as there are a handful of priests left on earth to tell everyone what to think, nuns can go the way of the dodo?
"The sisterhood is a dying way of life in America. Forty years ago, the United States had about 180,000 nuns. Today there are perhaps 70,000. Fewer than 6,000 are younger than 50. There are estimated to be about 5,000 cloistered, contemplative nuns, a piece of women’s history that may be on the way out."