Methodology and how the data will be used
Catholic University is working with Gallup, an independent research organization, to randomly select and survey Catholic priests in the U.S. on their attitudes related to the clergy sex abuse crisis on the Church. Gallup will contact randomly-selected priests by mail or email. Priests who complete the survey will receive a $25 gift card as a "Thank you" for sharing their opinions.
Data from the study will provide an in-depth look at priests’ experiences and opinions, and will provide us insights into how to move forward to rebuild trust. It is a vital step towards measuring the success of any new initiatives aimed at recovery.
All information about participating individuals and dioceses will be kept completely confidential. This is strictly academic research with no ideological agenda. Results, in aggregate form, will be shared widely with bishops, priests, and laity, and will inform important discussions in the Church.