+ A clear call for church accountability, transparency and commitment to change indicates an important component of healing will be the church’s ability to demonstrably repent for past failures.
+ Awareness and understanding of any current care and support being provided by the Diocese is relatively low.
+ Counseling (individual and group), support from a victim advocate, and spiritual accompaniment are the most frequently selected services that should be provided for healing.
+ 40% are open to additional informative resources and the data suggests that many could benefit from a review of what’s available.
+ The majority of respondents were unsure about whether they would use Journey to Bethany healing services themselves, indicating they were uncomfortable with the idea of being a “secondary victim.”
+ Some feel they are scapegoated while Church leadership fails to apologize for its own failures or acknowledge what some perceive as the real issue—predatory homosexual misconduct.
+ Many priests are seeking an individualized approach to support and healing. They are craving opportunities to connect directly with Diocese leadership, to have their concerns and opinions heard, and to have open dialogue about issues around sexual abuse and other challenges.