Local Abuse Survivors React to NBC Survey of Catholic Church Employees
For the roughly two million Catholics who live in D.C., Maryland and Virginia, clergy sex abuse has caused heartache and distrust within an institution gripped by scandal for nearly two decades.
The News4 I-Team partnered with NBC-owned stations around the country to ask those who know the church best where they think it stands now. We sent a 26-question survey to more than 32,000 priests, deacons, nuns and other church workers around the country.
Nearly 3,000 responded — including more than 400 priests, more than 240 nuns, and nearly 1,900 lay employees — answering questions about everything from ordaining women and married men as priests to whether the Church should recognize gay marriage.
Two local survivors shared their reaction to responses about the handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal.
"That's crazy," said Jim Bucci in response to the very first question.
He was stunned that nearly 82% of the clergy and staff who responded to the survey said the clergy sex abuse scandal was handled properly by the church.
"They want to believe that they're doing the right thing," Bucci added.