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If a Protestant believes he cannot call a Catholic priest “Father,” is there a respectful alternative he can use?




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If a Protestant believes he cannot call a Catholic priest “Father,” is there a respectful alternative he can use?

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A Protestant who believes in a literal interpretation of Matthew 23:9 could use the title he uses for his own ministers for Catholic priests. Most priests would not mind being called “Reverend” or “Pastor,” for example. If the priest says, “Call me ‘Father,’” the Protestant could smile politely and say, “I’m sorry; I can’t.” The priest will understand.





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  1. Gabby Velazquez Reply

    I prefer to address the priests of my church as “father” but one time I was made to feel terribly embarassed because a priest told me to not refer to him as “father” because he was not in literal form my father, he then asked me to refer to him as “reverend”.

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