Next Article in Journal
A Qualitative Content Analysis of Spirituality and Religiosity amongst Greek COPD Patients
Next Article in Special Issue
American Bishops and Religious Freedom: Legacy and Limits
Previous Article in Journal
Holy Dung: Comic Signs of Consubstantiality in Martin Luther Films
Previous Article in Special Issue
Religious Groups as Interest Groups: The United States Catholic Bishops in the Welfare Reform Debate of 1995–1996 and the Health Care Reform Debate of 2009–20101
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessFeature PaperArticle
Religions 2016, 7(3), 21; doi:10.3390/rel7030021

Remembering to Ask the Boss: Priming and the Dynamics of Priest Reliance on Bishop Cues

1
Department of Political Science, Missouri State University, 901 S. National Ave., Springfield, MO 65898, USA
2
Department of Political Science, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle # 305340, Denton, TX 76203, USA
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Academic Editor: Timothy A. Byrnes
Received: 16 November 2015 / Revised: 14 February 2016 / Accepted: 16 February 2016 / Published: 26 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Catholic Bishops in US Politics)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [419 KB, uploaded 26 February 2016]   |  

Abstract

Though the degree of influence that US bishops have over Catholic parishioners is inconsistent, the institutional power bishops have over parish priests suggests that bishops enjoy reliable influence over their local subordinates. However, there are an array of competing influences over parish priests that, when made salient, might make priest reliance on bishop instructions for political behavior less reliable. Using data from the first ever survey experiment on a national sample of US Catholic priests, we assess the effects of randomly priming priests with varying considerations of their professional responsibilities and relevant constituencies (including parishioner expectations). Results suggest that priests opt to rely on bishop cues when primed to consider institutional responsibilities as part of their professional identity, but that bishop influence over priest political behavior is, at best, indirect. View Full-Text
Keywords: catholic bishops; clergy; experiment; political behavior catholic bishops; clergy; experiment; political behavior
Figures

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Calfano, B.R.; Oldmixon, E.A. Remembering to Ask the Boss: Priming and the Dynamics of Priest Reliance on Bishop Cues. Religions 2016, 7, 21.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Religions EISSN 2077-1444 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert Logo copyright Steve Bridenbaugh/UUA
Back to Top