WOMEN should marry earlier and not be too picky if they want to avoid an Aussie man drought, the Catholic Church has warned.
Australia is experiencing a huge decline in the number of available men, with the church telling the Herald Sun women should also forget living with their partners before tying the knot.
Statistics show there are just 86,000 eligible blokes for 1.3 million females aged between 25 and 34…
But the reverend Father Tony Kerin, episcopal vicar for justice and social service in the Archdiocese of Melbourne, said women wanted the best of both worlds.
“Are women getting too choosy? I’d say yes,” said Father Kerin, speaking on behalf of the archdiocese.
“I think many are setting aside their aspirations for later, but by the time they get around to it, they’ve missed their chance.
“In trying to have it all, they end up missing out.”
Father Kerin said the rate of marriage had halved despite nearly four in five people still wanting to settle down.
“For many, it remains an unattainable dream,” he said…
Demographer Bernard Salt calculated there are 1.3 million women aged 25-34.
But of the 1.343 million men in the same age bracket, only 86,000 single, heterosexual, well-off, young men were available after excluding those who were already married (485,000), in a de facto relationship (185,000), gay (7000), a single parent (12,000) or earning less than $60,000 a year.
If Australians are smart, and listen to Father Kerin’s sage advice, they can avoid going as far down some of the roads we’ve already been way down, here in North America.