They are either dying off or being retired. The barque of St. Peter is slow to adjust course and make corrections. However, like any gigantic oil tanker or container ship, it will eventually make it where the Captain wishes it to go. And with an XO like BXVI, the course corrections are a little quicker than with some of the previous ones.
I am a bit stunned by all of this, too, particularly on the “social justice” issue, which is just a buzz word for socialism and equal misery for all - don’t know why the nuns don’t get that. I worked for a Catholic hospital system and that was one of their main goals (social justice) - I thought the Church endorsed that as well, but now I know it was all coming from the nuns who ran the hospitals.