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Religions 2013, 4(2), 267-282; doi:10.3390/rel4020267
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Catholic and Charismatic: A Study in Personality Theory within Catholic Congregations

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Received: 16 February 2013; in revised form: 19 April 2013 / Accepted: 22 April 2013 / Published: 26 April 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Work on Catholicism)
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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 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.

AMA Style

Francis LJ, Louden SH, Robbins M. Catholic and Charismatic: A Study in Personality Theory within Catholic Congregations. Religions. 2013; 4(2):267-282.

Chicago/Turabian Style

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.


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