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Individual-Level Determinants of Religious Practice and Belief in Catholic Europe

Brian Conway

No 2009-14, IRISS Working Paper Series from IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD

Abstract: This paper examines individual-level determinants of religious belief and practice through a comparative study of Catholics in Belgium, Ireland and Slovenia. Drawing on the World Values Survey, three interrelated questions are examined: (1) to what extent do Belgian Catholics differ from the Irish and Slovenian Catholics? (2) to what extent is this pattern the same across different social categories? and, (3) what factors help account for variation between Catholics in these three countries? Civic engagement predicts Mass attendance but operates differently in Ireland and Slovenia than in Belgium. Social trust is also predictive of Mass attendance. National pride helps to account for higher levels of belief in God among Irish Catholics. These findings suggest that Catholic identity is expressed in nationally-specific forms.

Keywords: roman; catholicism; mass; attendance; belief; comparative (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 70 pages
Date: 2009-10
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