Messages from Above: Conflict and Convergence of Messages to the Catholic Voter from the Catholic Church Hierarchy

The Catholic Church often plays a policy and mobilization role in American politics. We assess the degree to which the Catholic Church hierarchy — including national and state conferences of bishops — can provide uniform information to parishioners about political participation. Using a textual anal...

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Published in:Politics and religion
Main Authors: Holman, Mirya R. (Author); Shockley, Kristin (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Politics and religion
Year: 2017, Volume: 10, Issue: 4, Pages: 840-861
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:The Catholic Church often plays a policy and mobilization role in American politics. We assess the degree to which the Catholic Church hierarchy — including national and state conferences of bishops — can provide uniform information to parishioners about political participation. Using a textual analysis of information distributed to parishioners in Florida in the 2012 election, we evaluate how much political information is conveyed to parishioners, the sources of this information, and the factors associated with higher or lower levels of information. While we find that most parishes provided information related to the election, there is wide diversity in the types and sources of information. And, while the Catholic hierarchy attempted to provide messaging about the importance of political participation, not all parishes complied with these efforts. Our findings are consistent with the ideas that the local community and hierarchical structure combine to shape the behavior of the parishes.
ISSN:1755-0491
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/S1755048317000414