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The Correlation Between Political and Ecclesial Ideologies of Catholic Priests: A Research Note

Paul J. Levesque and Stephen M. Siptroth

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 66, issue 4, pages 419-429
Published in print January 2005 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2005 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712389
The Correlation Between Political and Ecclesial Ideologies of Catholic Priests: A Research Note

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One of the purposes of this study is to test two hypotheses about the relationship between the age of Catholic priests and their political and ecclesial attitudes. The first hypothesis states that younger Catholic priests are more politically conservative (extra-Church) than their older counterparts. The second hypothesis posits that these same generational differences hold true for Church-based (intra-Church) ideology. Findings from an original questionnaire completed by two hundred and fifty-two priests in Southern California support both hypotheses. It was established that younger priests are more conservative—both politically and within the Church—and there is a high level of correlation between political ideology and ecclesial ideology for priests of all age groups.

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