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Old Jul 7, '12, 10:20 am
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Default Do family members call their priest relatives "father?"

Seems like it would feel pretty weird. Especially in the case of mothers/fathers, grandparents. Today I was wondering if it feels weird for older people to call a priest "father," especially if the priest is really young. Then I started thinking about a mother/father calling their own son "father." I would think that the majority of the time, they continue to call him what they always have.
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Old Jul 7, '12, 10:47 am
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My parents and I still refer to my brother by his first name. My kids and their cousins still refer to him as Uncle. Since he is an Army Chaplin his official title among us is, Captain-Uncle-Father-Steven.
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Seems like it would feel pretty weird. Especially in the case of mothers/fathers, grandparents. Today I was wondering if it feels weird for older people to call a priest "father," especially if the priest is really young. Then I started thinking about a mother/father calling their own son "father." I would think that the majority of the time, they continue to call him what they always have.
In public (i.e After Mass, at Parish gatherings etcetera) it is probably polite to refer to any relative that is a Priest by their title (being 'Father'). In Private however then normal family rules apply
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Old Jul 7, '12, 1:32 pm
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I am one of those "older" folks referred to. All the priests in our parish are young enough to be my sons. I have never felt it weird to call them Father. It is a title of earned respect and reverence.
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I don't have any priest relatives. (...that I know of.)

But it's been my observation that family and close friends of priests address them the same way they would address a close friend or relative who was a doctor, military officer, teacher, etc.

There is going to be some variation by culture. But if the priest belongs to a culture where it is customary to call a friend, brother, son, cousin, uncle, etc, by his given name then the priest is going to be "(Uncle/Cousin) Steve" rather than "Father Surname" or "Father Steve".
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Old Jul 7, '12, 2:36 pm
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Depends on the formality of the situation. I can think of one priest who's mother always refers to him as "Jim", even in front of the bishop, but she introduces him to others as "Father Jim".
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This only happened to me once: when I returned to the Church, there was a young priest who talked like a teenager.... very good priest, but the way he talked always caused a sense of cognitive dissonance!
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I had two uncles in the priesthood.I called them Uncle Art,Uncle Jim
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I've always assumed they just call them by their name, LOL. My friend has a cousin who is a priest and they just refer to him by his first name, no title preceding it.
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I have a couple of priest in-laws. Every one refers to them as "Father ----". Also a couple of Sisters are always referred to as "Sister ----"
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My good friend I refer to by his first name UNLESS speaking of him in an official capacity, or to someone where it would be pertinent.

So, casually, nope!
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Thanks to the OP for this thread!

It's a question that occurred to me a few days ago. I watch the daily Mass on tv before I go to work and there is a rotation of Priests. Some are fairly young (even though that information doesn't change anything) and I had a thought about how their parents, brothers, sisters, etc. addressed them.
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Thanks to the OP for this thread!

It's a question that occurred to me a few days ago. I watch the daily Mass on tv before I go to work and there is a rotation of Priests. Some are fairly young (even though that information doesn't change anything) and I had a thought about how their parents, brothers, sisters, etc. addressed them.
You are very welcome.

Thanks everyone for your input.
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We have several priests in our family and we always have called them "Father first name".....even their siblings would most of the time.
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