GLBT Survey

1. Primary Reason for Interest in Catholic GLBT organizations:

2. Which of the following best describes your current relationship to the Catholic Church?

3. Do you identify with or worship regularly with a non-Catholic faith community?
4. If you answered YES to #3, what community?

5. What is the most important reason you have become involved with this particular non-Catholic faith community?

The following questions apply to the major organizations addressing GLBT issues and ministry within the Catholic Church today. Think about your relationship with these five groups. Mark all that accurately describe your association with the group.

6. Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry (formerly named NACDLGM)
7. Courage/Encourage
8. Dignity
9. Fortunate Families
10. New Ways Ministry

 11. If you currently are or have been a member of or contributor to any of the above organizations, what was the primary reason you joined and/or contributed?   (Answer a if you have a similar reason for involvement in more than one of the organizations)?  If, however, you have been involved with only one of these organizations, or you have gotten involved with an organization for a specific purpose, please note that after the individual organization. 


12. If you once belonged to or supported one or more of the above organizations but no longer do so, what was your primary reason for discontinuing your membership, involvement, or support? As in the previous question, if you have a similar reason for ending your relationship with several of these groups, simply explain in a. If, however, you have reasons specific to one organization, note that in b through f.

Has your involvement in these organizations changed significantly over the past five years?
  Increased significantly Increased some No change Decreased some Decreased significantly Not Applicable
If your involvement in one or more of the organizations has increased over the past five years, to what extent has that increased involvement been due to the following factors: (If your involvement has not increased with any of these organizations, skip to the next question.)
  Of Great Importance Important Somewhat Important Minimally Significant Not At All Significant
19. Development of local ministry
20. Increased need for support
21. Personal or family issues of sexual identity
22. Official Catholic Church statements
23. Coverage in National Catholic press
24. Change in diocesan or parish policies & practices
25. Encouragement or invitation of friends or family
26. Written communications from organization
27. Organization's website
28. Attending conference or workshop
29. Article in diocesan newspaper
30. Parish bulletin announcement

If your involvement in one or more of the organizations has decreased over the past five years, to what extent has that decreased involvement been due to the following factors: (If your involvement has not decreased in any of these organizations, skip to the next question.)
  Of Great Important Important Somewhat Important Minimally Important Not At All Important
32. Development of or changes in local ministry
33. Decreased need for support
34. Lack of relevance in my life
35. Official Catholic Church statements
36. My views no longer match those of the organization
37. Change in diocesan or parish policies & practices
38. Changed interests and/or involvements

40. When deciding whether or not to participate in one of these organizations or to attend one of its functions, how important is it to you that the organization or function be approved by your Bishop or by some authority in the Catholic Church?

41. God has many different titles in Scripture, and we have various images of God when we pray. For each of the following pairs of images of God, click on the drop-down menu and choose the sentence which best reflects your understanding of who God is—or how you most frequently relate to God.

43. 'Sin' has many meanings for different people. For each pair of images, click on the drop-down menu and click on the sentence that best fits your understanding.

45. Which of the following best describes your understanding of the Bible:

46. What is your understanding of the role of CONSCIENCE in moral decision-making?
47. Which of the following BEST describes your understanding of the role of the Catholic Church? Ideally, what should the Church be?

Religion always identifies a basic human problem, something that is wrong with humans and their world. Then religion talks about a path to salvation, a way to overcome basic human problems. And finally religion talks about the outcomes of salvation--how salvation changes us or affects us. In the following three questions, you are asked to explain your understanding of what this means to you. Choose whichever statement best represents your viewpoint--or if none of them does, explain in the "other" box.

48. In your view, what is the basic human problem that religion identifies?

50. Which of the following best describes the path to salvation?

52. Which of the following best explains the outcome of salvation--the goal.

How much do you depend on the following sources for moral guidance and direction regarding sexuality?
  Major Source Good Source Depend Somewhat Very Little Not at All
54. The Pope & Roman Curia
55. The U.S. Bishops
56. The Catholic Catechism
57. My parish priest
58. The Bible
59. Other religious books
60. Social science—psychology & sociology
61. Counselors
62. The experiences of other people
63. My own life experience

Where do GLBT Catholics and their parents and families find the most spiritual help for living a rich and fulfilling Christian life? (Please number up to five, with the most important source listed as #1.)
  1 2 3 4 5
65. Local parish community
66. Religious books, newspapers, and periodicals
67. Pastoral letters from Bishops and Rome
68. Theology courses and pastoral workshops
69. Retreats and/or spiritual direction
70. Conferences or Weekends on Catholic perspectives on GLBT issues
71. The internet
72. National Catholic Organizations with a GLBT focus
73. GLBT parish or diocesan ministries, or local branches/chapters of a national Catholic group
74. Informally organized Catholic support group for GLBT persons or their families and friends
75. Non-Catholic or interdenominational groups or publications
76. Nonreligious groups such as PFLAG or RAINBOW FAMILIES
77. Informal family and friendship groups
78. Secular publications and media (for ex: popular psychology, GLBT novels and movies)

81. What advice do you have for improving the relationship between each of the following groups and the Catholic GLBT population? If they approached you and asked for your advice, what would you say?

In the past few years Catholic Bishops and spokespersons for the Catholic Church have made public statements about situations related to GLBT persons. It is important to note that these statements are not universal--not all Bishops have opposed all of the following (e.g., Bishops differ in their approach to enrolling children of lesbian parents in Catholic schools). If you are familiar with the following statements/events receiving press coverage, how strongly do you agree or disagree with them?
  Strongly agree Agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Unfamiliar with This Statement/Situation
82. Opposition to same-sex marriage legislation
83. Opposition to same-sex adoption
84. Refusal of same-sex partnership benefits
85. The exclusion of homosexuality from hate crime legislation
86. Refusal to enroll children of same-sex partners in Catholic schools
87. The exclusion of homosexuality from anti-discrimination legislation.
88. In your own experience and that of those you know in the Catholic GLBT community, how does the institutional church’s speaking out on political issues affect its ministry to GLBT persons? Check as many as apply.