The Diocese of Portsmouth has launched an online survey aimed at baptised Catholics who have drifted away from the faith.
The diocese is working with St Mary’s University to encourage baptised Catholics to share their reasons for leaving the Church as part of a scheme called “share your story”.
The survey will be conducted between October 1 and January 1 and will ask such questions about whether they agreed with Church doctrine and whether they felt welcome. The survey takes 15 minutes and is anonymous.
Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said: “We want to hear from anyone who was baptised Catholic but no longer identifies as Catholic or regularly attends Mass.
“We are committing all our efforts to the new evangelisation within the Diocese of Portsmouth. In order to reach out to those who no longer practise in a more informed way, we are undertaking this project with St Mary’s University. We pray and hope that this short and anonymous survey will be a means of enlightening us all – priests and laity – about the challenges the Church faces in the contemporary world, and of listening to the different experiences of each individual the Church strives to serve.”