The Data on the Death of Religious Orders: How Does Your Favorite Measure Up?

Posted January 5, 2018 10:30 pm by Jack P. Oostveen

The Data on the Death of Religious Orders: How Does Your Favorite Measure Up?

Editor’s note: The following comes from Jack P. Oostveen, emeritus assistant professor of soil mechanics and foundation engineering at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, and David L. Sonnier, associate professor of computer science and director of international studies program, Lyon College.
Introduction
Now that over fifty years have passed since the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, we can observe the development of patterns and attempt to understand why some religious orders are surviving while others – in fact, the vast majority – are stagnant or dying. In this study, we seek common traits among various male religious institutes by categorizing them

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