Good news. And something the USCCB should ponder seriously.
A study that was reported in The Denver Post indicated that "the scandal over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church has not caused American Catholics to leave the church or to stop attending Mass and donating to their parishes." The study was conducted by Georgetown University.
There was a drop in church participation since 2002, which the study concluded was the height of the scandal. But, while there is still a decrease, the expectation that hordes of Catholics would leave the faith has not been realized.
However - and this is quite telling - "The only significant decline is in the percentage of Catholics who contributed to their diocesan financial appeals - annual campaigns usually run by bishops. " Diocesan appeals have remained low while people are supporting their local parishes.
I would hope the USCCB looks at that and realizes that it is likely indicative that Catholics have lost faith in their leadership. It would be interesting to compare the "success" rate of diocesan appeals among the diocese - I would be willing to bet that the Bishop of Lincoln, NB has an easier time of it than most other bishops.