Original Research - Practical Theology

The ‘persona’ lives of Roman Catholic priests

James O. Juma, Danie du Toit, Karen van der Merwe
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 2 | a4826 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i2.4826 | © 2018 James O. Juma, Danie du Toit, Karen van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 October 2017 | Published: 16 October 2018

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James O. Juma, Optentia Research Unit, North-West University, South Africa
Danie du Toit, Optentia Research Unit, North-West University, South Africa
Karen van der Merwe, Optentia Research Unit, North-West University, South Africa


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Abstract

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.

Keywords

anima/animus; individuation; persona; shadow; worldviews

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