Polls: Catholic Responses to the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis

Opinion polls about the clergy sexual abuse scandals and the actions the Church has taken.

 

We invite Catholic members to respond to polls about their parish, diocese, and the Church as a whole.



Has your faith been shaken by recent pedophilia scandals in the Catholic Church?

   Yes, I now question some Catholic teachings.
   I feel betrayed by Church leadership, but have not lost faith in Church teachings.
   No, the Church will work through the scandals.
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Do you think the Church will make major changes because of the scandals?
Yes, it will reexamine celibacy and may soon allow married priests.

Yes, it will involve laypeople in decisions previously made by priests/bishops.

Both of the above.

Unfortunately, no major changes will be made in the forseeable future.

Fortunately, no major changes will be made in the forseeable future.
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Has clergy sexual abuse happened in your parish?
Yes, to someone I know.

Yes, to someone I've heard of.

No, but I've heard of problems in a nearby parish.

Not that I know of.
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At your parish, has a priest addressed the scandals in a homily, bulletin essay, etc.?
Yes, voluntarily.

Yes, when asked.

No.

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Did you reduce contributions to your diocese's Cardinal's/ Archbishop's Appeal because of the scandals?
Yes, I did not want to support the Appeal this year.

Yes, but I diverted the funds to another Catholic charity.

My support for the Appeal was based on whether the funds would be used to pay for lawsuits.

I contributed. Why punish diocesan charities?

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Do you personally trust your parish priests to behave appropriately with children?
Yes, completely.

Yes, basically--though supervision is always a good idea.

I used to, but now I'm not sure.

I have always had doubts.

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Do you plan to reduce contributions to your local parish because of the scandals?
No.

Yes, but I will divert the funds to another Catholic charity.

Yes, I don't want to support the parish right now.

Only if I hear that collection money will be used to pay lawsuits.

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