Survey on Co-Responsibility, Accountability and Transparency in the Archdiocese of Atlanta

Baptism calls us to live as members of Christ’s body, anointed as Priest, Prophet and King. The Letter to the Ephesians (4:1-6) calls both the lay and the ordained to live into this baptismal call in order to build up the body of Christ.

Lumen Gentium, the Vatican II dogmatic constitution on the Church,  calls lay people to

openly reveal to [their pastors] their needs and desires with that freedom and confidence which is fitting for children of God and brothers in Christ. They are, by reason of the knowledge, competence or outstanding ability which they may enjoy, permitted and sometimes even obliged to express their opinion on those things which concern the good of the Church. (37)
 
Building on the insights of the Second Vatican Council and previous popes, Pope Francis has laid forth a vision of the church characterized by synodality. This vision of synodality is one in which the authority of bishops and their unity with the pope is expressed through listening to the Catholic faithful in order to discover ‘what the Spirit says to the churches’ (Rev 2:7). This survey seeks to foster attention to the voice of the Spirit leading the people of God.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. 

Purpose:  As the Archdiocese of Atlanta transitions with the appointment of a new archbishop, many of the baptized have expressed opinions regarding the priorities of the new leadership considering the abuse and financial crisis in the Catholic Church.  This survey will help us to understand and to present the collective views of the baptized within the Archdiocese of Atlanta and steps towards healing and for the future of our Archdiocese.

The categories for this survey emerged from the US Catholic Leadership Roundtable which consists of bishops, laity, religious and clergy working together to promote best practices and accountability in the US Catholic Church: https://leadershiproundtable.org/what-we-do/our-resources/resources-for-catholic-leaders-to-prevent-and-respond-to-abuse-crisis/

Use of Survey Data: Results of this survey will be analyzed by the Aquinas Center and will be presented to the Archbishop of Atlanta and made available to the broader public online in the spring of 2020.
 
Goal of this survey:  The Catholic Lay Interparish Partnership (CLIP) and the Aquinas Center at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, devised this survey to engage the Archdiocese of Atlanta in bringing forward the calling of our baptismal promises as the faithful to work towards the healing and transformation of our church.  The results of this survey are intended to recommend action steps to the next Archbishop. 

Survey Participants: This survey is open to all Catholics, practicing or non-practicing, in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.  The responses are anonymous. 

This survey will be available to all parishes of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and available online from November 1, 2019 to December 15, 2019.

Collection of Data:  Data will be collected by CLIP and the Aquinas Center at Candler School of Theology.  Both CLIP and the Aquinas Center are independent of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and are comprised of concerned Catholics who are passionate about their faith and the future of the Catholic Church in regard to the abuse crisis and lay leadership in the Church. 

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