A Matter of Discretion: The Politics of Catholic Priests in by Brian R. Calfano,Melissa R. Michelson,Elizabeth A. Oldmixon

By Brian R. Calfano,Melissa R. Michelson,Elizabeth A. Oldmixon

Clergy are pillars of neighborhood spiritual groups, and Roman Catholic clergymen are might be the imperative examples of pastors functioning as political elites. The political technology literature demonstrates that monks (indeed, clergy extra mostly) are well-positioned to steer the trustworthy, whether this effect is just a little inconsistent. At their center, clergymen are opinion leaders and representatives in their church to either the devoted and their neighborhood groups.

But precisely how Catholic monks make certain the political acts and attitudes linked to their elite function is still a puzzle. we propose it's the made from an interactive institutional, social, and mental milieu, the complexity of which has no longer been totally assessed within the extant literature. although a few could like to give some thought to monks as profiles in braveness working above the political fray, the institutional and private realities of priest lifestyles frequently forces them to accommodate the political realm. In doing so, monks are variably aware of diversified principals, or reference teams, that characterize particular dimensions in their specialist context. Drawing on a sequence of randomized experiments on samples of Roman Catholic clergymen within the US and eire, we discover that clergymen cognitively draw on various specialist and private cues in responding to their employer’s institutional personal tastes. additionally, how clergymen signify their church's political personal tastes to parishioners seems to be an issue of individual-level discretion.

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