Sorry - get your own association.
In the news again.
I didn't realize they had an 'Association', since the consecration takes place individually - the woman is not a nun or a religious sister, and usually lives alone.
It must seem weird to non-Catholics, almost like Vestal virgins from Roman times. To learn more about them, go here.
Fr. Z mentions there is an uptick in vocations. On one level it's kind of sad because vocations to the religious life might benefit - but whatever God wills.
Speaking of God's will, as in Canonical legislation, new guidelines suggest a woman may not have to have her virginity intact to make be admitted to the Order of Consecrated Virgins. The Association of Consecrated Virgins are disturbed by that.
US Association of Consecrated Virgins condemns ‘shocking’ new rules...
The US Association of Consecrated Virgins has said it is “deeply disappointed” at new rules issued by the Vatican that appear to say consecrated virgins need not be virgins. - Fr. Z
As Dr. Forunati might say, "and that little display of pride" may be why they are not nuns or bound to a religious community in the first place.
Whatever, their disappointment is being picked up by news agencies - good fodder for the angry ones who condemn every announcement from the Holy See. Poor Steve Skojec no longer knows who or what or where the Church is. He asks: "where is the Church? What does it consist of when 95% of parishes and bishops and priests and laity are actually not, in any substantive sense, Catholic?"
Some of these people seem to think they are holier than the Church.
Clearly I don't know a lot about Consecrated Virgins, but the complaint from the Association just sounds strange to me, which might be exactly why there is an adjustment in the rules. When St. Rita sought acceptance by the Augustinian virgins, she was refused entrance to the monastery because she had been married. Our Lord arranged for her miraculous entrance, and she was finally accepted. On the other hand, Catherine of Siena was at first refused by the III Order Dominicans because of her youth and virginity - they were widows. She was eventually accepted.
So you see, these things are not set in stone. God's will is indicated by the Church. The Christian follows Christ in obedience to the Father.