publication . Article . 2015

Changes in Roman Catholic Beliefs and Practices in Ireland between 1981 and 2008 and the Emergence of the Liberal Catholic

Pádraig Ó Féich; Michael O'Connell;
Open Access English
  • Published: 29 Apr 2015
  • Publisher: Taylor and Francis
  • Country: Ireland
Abstract
This study aimed to investigate the changes that have occurred in the religious beliefs and practices of Roman Catholics in Ireland between 1981 and 2008 and to examine the extent to which Catholics have become liberal in their attitudes towards social issues over this period. Data were derived from 23 religious indicators and six social items sourced from the European Values Study (EVS). Only Roman Catholic respondents (n=3810) were included in the analysis. Data were analysed using ANOVA, t-tests, and chi-square tests. The majority of religious indicators were found to be in significant decline between 1981 and 2008. Also, Catholic attitudes towards homosexual...
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free text keywords: Religiosity, Secularisation, Public attitudes, Philosophy, Religious studies, Cultural Studies, Homosexuality, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Ethos, Morality and religion, Social issues, Abortion, Liberalism, Secularization, Social science, Sociology
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