Data Regarding Church in the USA Since Vatican II

CARA.GEORGETOWN just published the below data regarding United States Data Over Time (link).

This data regards the USA, although the website also has data for the world over these same years. The data regarding the USA is almost uniformly negative. Whereas the Catholic population has grown, the number of priests and religious has dwindled since 1965. It would be instructive to have data for the USA during the previous 50 years. The data indicate a Church very sick in her members. This is not to prophecy doom and gloom; it is one piece of evidence in the duty of taking sober stock of the effectiveness of pastoral strategies employed in the past 50 years.

1965
1970
1975
1980
1985
1990
1995
2000
2005
2010
2015
Total priests
58,632
59,192
58,909
58,398
57,317
52,124
49,054
45,699
41,399
39,993
37,578
Diocesan priests
35,925
37,272
36,005
35,627
35,052
34,114
32,349
30,607
28,094
27,182
25,868
Religious priests
22,707
21,920
22,904
22,771
22,265
18,010
16,705
15,092
13,305
12,811
11,710
Priestly ordinations
994
805
771
593
533
595
511
442
454
459
515
Graduate-level seminarians
8,325
6,602
5,279
4,197
4,063
3,658
3,172
3,474
3,308
3,483
3,650
Permanent deacons
na
na
898
4,093
7,204
9,356
10,932
12,378
14,574
16,649
18,082
Permanent deacon candidates
na
na
2,243
2,514
2,263
1,980
2,026
2,497
2,342
2,445
2,051
Religious sisters
179,954
160,931
135,225
126,517
115,386
102,504
90,809
79,814
68,634
57,544
48,546
Religious brothers
12,271
11,623
8,625
7,941
7,544
6,721
6,535
5,662
5,451
4,690
4,200
Lay ministers
10,674
17,315
20,379
20,660
23,448
Lay Ecclesial Ministers
21,569
29,146
30,632
37,929
39,651
Enrollment Lay Ministry formation
10,500
21,800
31,168
16,037
17,935
22,145