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

Clergy are pillars of neighborhood spiritual groups, and Roman Catholic monks are probably the necessary examples of pastors functioning as political elites. The political technological know-how literature demonstrates that monks (indeed, clergy extra quite often) are well-positioned to persuade the trustworthy, whether this impact is a little inconsistent. At their middle, monks are opinion leaders and representatives in their church to either the trustworthy and their neighborhood groups.

But precisely how Catholic clergymen ascertain the political acts and attitudes linked to their elite position continues to be a puzzle. we advise it's the made of an interactive institutional, social, and mental milieu, the complexity of which has now not been totally assessed within the extant literature. although a few may well wish to examine 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, clergymen are variably conscious of assorted 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 expert and private cues in responding to their employer’s institutional personal tastes. additionally, how clergymen symbolize their church's political personal tastes to parishioners seems to be a question of individual-level discretion.

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