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HTS Theological Studies

versión On-line ISSN 2072-8050
versión impresa ISSN 0259-9422


JUMA, James O.; DU TOIT, Danie  y  VAN DER MERWE, Karen. The 'persona' lives of Roman Catholic priests. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2018, vol.74, n.2, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.

This study aimed to provide an in-depth description and interpretation of African Roman Catholic Church priests' experiences integrating African and Western worldviews into their lives and works as Roman Catholic Church priests through the lens of Jungian constructs. Fifteen African priests were purposely selected and interviewed in depth. Additional sources of data were reflexive notes and observation notes. Data were subjected to various iterative cycles of analysis. Most participants (80%) indicated that, in one way or another, they were experiencing conflict in terms of the cultural values of manhood and Roman Catholic Church prescription. Findings suggest that a more concerted and serious effort should be undertaken by the Roman Catholic Church to support and guide its priests on a path of healing, which includes the priests risking cultural openness and being true to themselves and God.

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