Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona, Spain, has said that the vocations crisis is due to a lack of “radical commitment” on the part of many religious orders.
“It seems like a contradiction, but unfortunately this is the way it is. A consecrated life in which one is not willing to live a radical commitment to Jesus Christ, with a fanatical love like that of St. Paul, is a life that is not very attractive or exciting to the young people of today. This is one of the reasons for the lack of vocations”
In other words, when a convent advertises, “We don’t wear habits any more, so you’ll hardly recognize us as nuns. We work regular jobs and make salaries,” that doesn’t really offer much incentive to sign up, when they can do all that stuff anyway.