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When addressing a Catholic Priest, I refer to him as:

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Salty, Dec 17, 2003.

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  2. Padre

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  3. Rev

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  4. Mr.

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  1. Salty

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    When addressing a Catholic Priest...
     
  2. Salty

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    I am sure you will reference Matt 23:9. First you may want to check out the catholic answer to that verse. You can find it at catholic answers This is dated info, so you may only be able to get it today. If someone is a bit smarter tham me, please cut and paste (I think that is what you call it) the article.
     
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    I am at a loss! :confused:
    Three people have said "other" but have given no explanation. Would like to know what and why. [​IMG] :rolleyes:
     
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    I answered "Mr.", but a good alternative for me would be to address him by his first name. Perhaps that is what the others meant.

    Of course, around here, "Bubba" is a good alternative.
     
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    I checked "other." Meaning I call them "Pastor." NEVER Father.
     
  7. Dr. Bob

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    Are these men ordained? If so, "Reverend" is the most widely accepted term.
     
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    I generally call people as they like to be called. If a Ph.D. wants to be known as "doctor," that's OK with me. If a priest likes to the called "father," then that's OK. If a preacher wants to be called "brother," I have no problem with it.

    "Sir" and "Ma'am" (or "Ms.") are safe bets in any case. I would not presume to call anyone by his or her first name alone unless I was already friendly.
     
  9. Anthro

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    I am pretty much with rsr on this one. Doc B makes a good point, too. I almost always call Catholic priest "Father." However, if I sense someone takes pharisaical pride in their title, e.g., Pastor So-and-So, I will not fuel it by playing along. Also, high titles can tend to seperate us from others needlessly, and avoid them then too. I often request to not be called varied titles because of this.

    The article referenced is an EXCEEDINGLY more sound interpretation to the Scripture about not calling men "Father" then the legalistic one fundamentalist Baptists impose on it.
     
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    "Other." If I were to address one I might say something like "Hey you in that silly black collar!"
     
  11. Ransom

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    "Father" is the traditional honorific for a Roman priest, and so common courtesy dictates that I address him as such.

    The alternative to courtesy is spite. Take your pick.
     
  12. Terry_Herrington

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    I chose other. In actuality, I do not remember ever being in a situation where I addressed a Catholic priest. However, if I were in such a position, I would not call him father, but I would not be disrespectfully either. I would phrase my sentences where I could use the term sir or mister.
     
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    I was raised Catholic, but I would not address a priest with "Father". I prefer the term "Sir". God is my Father. And my father is "Dad".
     
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    I never address a priest as "father" but I tend to use "brother".
     
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    Hey, Terry, Thanks for writing my post for me. [​IMG] (Except I chose "Mr.)
     
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    I'm on a first name basis with a couple of them. So it's Hans or Bas or Bernhard etc.
    'Meneer pastoor' seems to work well with older conservative village priests who speak Dutch.
     
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    Ordained~Reverend, if not Brother so and so.
     
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    I'd address him by his name, Fred, Charles, Tony, or whatever ... Much the same as I talk with others, rarely use any honorific.

    Regards
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    Rev. to be respectful
     
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    Other. First name.

    I don't call my mechanic "Mechanic Nev", or auto-electrician "Auto-Electrician Scott", or even my mate over the road "Computer Genius and Parts Salesman Terry"....I find the whole title thing very silly. Got me beat why people needed to be reminded of their job...

    Taxi Driver Pete.. :D
     
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