When priests wear a gown
BY MICHAEL LEHMAN and CHRISTOPHER WALSH CHRISTOPHANOAPONOA September 25, 2019 12:22:50When the priestly vestments are worn, it is a sign that the priest is trying to control the behavior of his parishioners.
That can be difficult when people don’t feel like the priest’s presence.
But a new study found that while some priests wear the vestments, others don’t.
The study found those who wear them tend to be less aggressive and more receptive to change in their behavior.
The study by researchers at Georgetown University found that among priests, more than a third of them are aware that wearing the vestment can lead to negative consequences.
In a paper published Monday in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, they describe a scenario where a priest wears a garment that washes the eyes.
“The garment itself is very soft and feels very soft, so it seems like a good idea to wear it,” the study’s lead author, Andrew M. Kneebone, told The Washington Post.
“It’s a small, comfortable garment that you can move around and use as a mirror.”
But a third-party observer was able to confirm the priest was wearing a garment similar to a petticoat and that it made the priest appear to be aggressive.
The observers’ impression was not confirmed by a formal interview, and so the researchers wanted to see if wearing the garment could be used to gauge the priest.
The results were mixed.
About one-quarter of priests said they wear the garment.
About a third said they didn’t.
And when asked if they felt a sense of power or dominance, about 40 percent said they did not.
The findings may have a more immediate impact on the church’s image than its policies, said the study authors, who are members of the College of Religion at Georgetown.
They wrote that it might be helpful to look at a sample of clergy and examine the clothing they wear.
The researchers asked the priest, who was a seminarian, to wear a robe, and the observers to wear similar garments.
They also asked him to write down any signs of hostility they saw.
The experimenters took the participants through the scenarios they were asked to imagine and then tested the priests’ sense of control.
The results were consistent: The more the priests wore the robe, the more aggressive they became.
When the priests were wearing the robe and the other garments, they tended to be more likely to be visibly aggressive and verbally abusive toward the observers.
The authors also noted that while many priests are able to control their emotions, they tend to display more aggressive behavior in situations where they feel vulnerable.
They suggest the findings suggest priests are more likely than other members of society to exhibit negative emotions.
When the study was completed, the researchers had asked more than 1,000 priests, with varying degrees of training and experience, to respond to questions about their own behavior.
They then used the results to calculate how often priests would use a robe to control a situation and the vest that they wore.
The findings were mixed in their findings.
Some reported they were not aggressive enough, while others reported they did so in ways that were harmful.
The more aggressive the priests, the less likely they were to be protective of others, the study found.
The most powerful predictor of behavior, however, was whether the priest wore the garment when he had control of the situation.
If a priest is not able to feel his control of a situation, he will tend to show a more aggressive and controlling behavior, the authors wrote.
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