Dc Catholics Speak Loudly with Their Pocketbooks
By Paul Murano
February 20, 2020
Collections from the archdiocese of Washington's "Annual Appeal" are plummeting after almost two years of scandal involving clerical sex abuse and cover-up.
The Annual Appeal is an yearly fundraiser that finances some archdiocesan programs. Owing largely to the well-documented sexual misconduct scandals that sparked what many Catholics have dubbed "the summer of shame," the appeal took a big hit this past year, taking in nearly one-third less money in 2019 than it did in 2018.
The archdiocese of Washington, which includes the District of Columbia and its Maryland suburbs, took in $10,350,027 in its 2019 annual appeal, compared to the $14,192,188 it received in 2018. Before this sharp decline, the appeal took in around the same amount each year since 2013.