I’m pretty knowledgeable of (traditional) Catholic beliefs and practices, but one thing always stumped me, and I guess this the best place to ask.
Why do Catholics refer to priests as just “Father”? As in, “Let’s see what Father says”. Doesn’t the priest use his last name too? And how do you then distinguish between two or more different priests?
I ran into this problem in another way, because my mother was recently in a (Catholic) hospital for a month before her passing.
The (Catholic) nurses kept referring to my mom’s doctor as “Doctor” (no last name.)
Also, why do Catholics refer to God or Jesus as “Our Lord” as opposed to the Protestant or Jewish “The Lord”? It always sounded to me, esp. when I was little (I grew up in an immigrant Jewish and Catholic neighborhood), as if Catholics felt God or Jesus belonged only to them, hence the use of the term, “our”!
Can anyone give some background or insight to this?