Introduction to Catholic Strategies
Healing the wounds to the Body of Christ caused by the sin of abuse in the Church requires a strategic response by every bishop in every diocese. Rebuilding trust in Church leaders requires effective communication about ongoing measures to protect all people, as well as how those responsible for abuse have been brought to justice.
Through our partnerships with dioceses across the nation, we know the common themes and best practices to restore confidence in the Church. Our seasoned team of consultants has a proven track record in helping bishops to assess, plan for, and develop strong messages of hope and healing. Our goal is to serve the Church and the people of God during this difficult time.
Patrick M. O'Brien
FAITH Catholic President and CEO
Summary of Services
Does Your Diocese Need Help?
What is the status of your diocese's response to the sex abuse crisis?
It seems every bishop is being asked questions from the faithful and local media about this crisis. What is the status of clergymen who have been accused? Are our parishes and schools safe? What did our bishops know and what did they do about it? How can we trust what we are being told? How much has all this cost? Catholic Strategies consultants from FAITH Catholic have years of experience helping bishops answer those questions. Our goal is to help rebuild trust through clear communications and sustainable processes.
Does your diocese have an effective crisis communications plan?
It can seem like crisis management for dioceses is the new normal. Each day there are new investigations, revelations and expectations. Each diocese needs a crisis communications plan, so that your team can consistently handle a crisis. A crisis communications plan can also comprise a long-term approach to rebuild trust, help victims heal and allow you to focus on your mission. Catholic Strategies consultants have experience implementing crisis communications plans for bishops and dioceses. See how our experience can help your diocese.
Are your diocesan media integrated for effective communication?
Understanding how to integrate all forms of diocesan media — print, broadcast, digital and social — enables a diocese to effectively communicate with Catholics and the wider community about the diocesan response to the crisis. Clear and transparent communication can help foster a rebuilding of trust and create an environment for healing. Catholic Strategies consultants from FAITH Catholic work with diocesan clients across America and specialize in helping dioceses align all diocesan media staff toward a common strategy to achieve goals.
Does your diocesan staff need training?
Whether your diocese is large or small, a crisis is a stressful time for diocesan leaders and the communications team. The issues around the current crisis are complex: Do we release names of abusive clergy? Do we prepare a comprehensive report in order to be transparent? What national events do we need to respond to locally? How do we defend something that we discovered in our files that is indefensible ? No matter how talented and dedicated your team is, consultants from Catholic Strategies are here to help you navigate these questions, and to train and support your staff in order to help them be the best they can be.