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

Clergy are pillars of neighborhood non secular groups, and Roman Catholic monks are possibly the necessary examples of pastors functioning as political elites. The political technology literature demonstrates that monks (indeed, clergy extra in most cases) are well-positioned to steer the devoted, whether this effect is just a little inconsistent. At their center, clergymen are opinion leaders and representatives in their church to either the devoted and their neighborhood groups.

But precisely how Catholic monks confirm the political acts and attitudes linked to their elite position is still a puzzle. we propose it's the manufactured from an interactive institutional, social, and mental milieu, the complexity of which has no longer been absolutely assessed within the extant literature. notwithstanding a few may perhaps wish to ponder clergymen as profiles in braveness working above the political fray, the institutional and private realities of priest existence usually forces them to house the political realm. In doing so, clergymen are variably conscious of varied principals, or reference teams, that signify particular dimensions in their expert context. Drawing on a sequence of randomized experiments on samples of Roman Catholic clergymen within the US and eire, we discover that monks cognitively draw on various expert and private cues in responding to their employer’s institutional personal tastes. moreover, how monks symbolize their church's political personal tastes to parishioners seems to be a question of individual-level discretion.

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