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New Zealand cardinal asks laity to stop calling priests ‘Father’ to fight ‘clericalism’

Cardinal John Dew of New Zealand wrote a missive to Catholics of the Pacific archipelago urging them to not address priests as “Father.” In providing a synopsis of an article by Fr. Jean-Pierre …More
Cardinal John Dew of New Zealand wrote a missive to Catholics of the Pacific archipelago urging them to not address priests as “Father.” In providing a synopsis of an article by Fr. Jean-Pierre Roche that appeared in La Croix, Cardinal Dew said he joined the French priest in wondering why priests are called “Father.”
Alex A
Idiot!!!
His Eminence may ask whatever pleases him. And we, the laity, may politely and respectfully decline. Unlike the priesthood, we never took a vow of obedience.
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The cardinal needs to order his priests to stop clericalize each other from the back instead.
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CatMuse
The very act of advising people is exhibiting clericalism itself is it not? Who does he think he is? I suggest everyone takes up the fight against clericalism and ignore his suggestion. It wouldn't be healthy to be taking his advise just because he's a Franken Cardinal would it!
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