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Catholic and Charismatic: A Study in Personality Theory within Catholic Congregations
Warwick Religions & Education Research Unit, Institute of Education, The University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK
St Mary's Centre, Llys Onnen, Abergwygregyn, LL33 0LD, UK
Division of Psychology, Glyndŵr University, Plas Coch Campus, Wrexham, LL11 2AW, UK
Deceased, 17 January 2013. His co-authors dedicate this paper to his memory.
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Received: 16 February 2013; in revised form: 19 April 2013 / Accepted: 22 April 2013 / Published: 26 April 2013
Abstract: This study set out to conceptualise and measure Charismatic orientation (openness to charismatic experience) and traditional Catholic orientation (Catholic identity) among a sample of 670 Catholic churchgoers in order to test whether attachment to Catholic Charismatic Renewal strengthened or weakened the sense of traditional Catholic identity among churchgoing Catholics. This research question was set within the broader consideration of the location of Charismatic orientation and Catholic orientation within Eysenck’s three dimensional model of personality. The data revealed a strong positive association between Charismatic experience and Catholic identity. Higher scores on the index of Charismatic orientation were associated with higher extraversion scores, with higher neuroticism scores, and with higher levels of mass attendance and personal prayer. Higher scores on the index of Catholic orientation were associated with being female, being older, higher neuroticism scores, and higher levels of mass attendance and personal prayer.
Keywords: personality; religion; Catholic; congregation studies; Catholic charismatic renewal
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Francis, L.J.; Louden, S.H.; Robbins, M. Catholic and Charismatic: A Study in Personality Theory within Catholic Congregations. Religions 2013, 4, 267-282.
Francis LJ, Louden SH, Robbins M. Catholic and Charismatic: A Study in Personality Theory within Catholic Congregations. Religions. 2013; 4(2):267-282.
Francis, Leslie J.; Louden, Stephen H.; Robbins, Mandy. 2013. "Catholic and Charismatic: A Study in Personality Theory within Catholic Congregations." Religions 4, no. 2: 267-282.