I am interested to know what people think about the issue of becoming friends with their parish priest - that is, a relationship closer than the standard parishoner/priest relationship when you mainly see him at Mass or Confession times. Can you and your family be a good or close friend with your parish priest without it being a conflict of interest or without it being for him an issue of favoritism? What about having your priest over to your home for dinners often - how often is too often? Shouldn’t he be trying to see as many different parishioners as he is able? Is it ok to meet up with your priest outside of church for meals in general? I am asking this in the context of a family situation - husband and wife, not as a single person. What have others out there experienced in this area? Anyone good friends with their parish priest and if so, how is it handled so as to not have it cause any possible problems like favoritism/conflic of interest? Also, has anyone ever had a priest as their child’s godfather?
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