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  • peter ahern 4 years

    Please pull the other leg. One lesson from the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse is a call for all Catholics to grow up. this is a Call to the past. The original article is bad enough, but the views of a priest of this Archdiocese is childish piffle. let’s move forward please.

    • Paul 4 years

      How sad. The respect is lost and the diminution of the role of the priest is an easy continuing of the downgrading of the church as a whole. 
      Pity those who will just be Tom, dick or Harry and go unmourned without honour for their good endeavours 

    • Frank Long 4 years

      I am sorry that Peter Ahern should be both so rude and so wrong. Not only is “Father” a mark of respect to those who have given up many of the pleasures and satisfactions of a normal life to serve God and His people, but it also acts as a constant reminder to the priest himself that he is a guide and advisor to the Catholics with whom he has contact.

      Frank Long.

    • Ann Reynolds 4 years

      I agree 

  • Tony (sans titre) 4 years

    Even in its extreme brevity given here, Cardinal Drew’s message is refreshing and convincing, in marked contrast to what follows. Reading the gospel’s condemnation of pharisaic insistence on status is always a corrective to the scandalous ‘hierarchy’ that permeates the church. In addition to the Cardinal’s arguments, nobody can ignore the revolution in naming practice that has taken place in the lifetime of anyone over 50. Today when anybody asks your name (try a barista or even a bank clark) they expect your personal name, not a surname that requires a ‘Mr’, Ms, Dr or Prof. Agreeably familiar as it may seem, insisting on a title in today’s Australia is by definition putting yourself outside time or outside the moral community.

  • Matt Casey 4 years

    Monica has got it wrong 

  • Luis Matamoscas 4 years

    Many of us may feel quite at home in more formal cultures, where formality in language does not mean unfriendliness much less standoffishness, but rather mutual respect, whether one’s interlocutor, be a shop assistant or a judge. For us familiar forms of address may be reserved for family (as the word implies), or really close friends/former class-mates, or colleagues, rather than the thousands of ‘Friends’ one may notionally have on Facebook.
    The insistence that one address a priest by his Christian name can be ever so slightly off-putting. It seems to deny a desire to pay respect to the office, as if this necessarily precludes friendship for, or indeed some degree of unChristian aversion to, the individual concerned.
    I cannot see how the use of Christian names automatically reduces clericalism. Any Catholics who mistakenly think priests are non-human/not sinners must be dissuaded more explicitly in my view.

  • Beth Gibson 4 years

    Such a sad article! Lucky most of us don’t need a ‘title’ to remind us of our roles and place in the world as parents, spouses, workers etc. We know who we are and can fulfil our roles. Perhaps if a title is required to help priests remember who and what they are, then ‘servant’ rather than’ father’ could be used? This would embrace the essence of priesthood and remove any reference to status, power or maleness, all of which can be a barrier to people seeking an encounter with our God and a place in our Church. 
    In reference to the comments in the article about the Royal Commission, I don’t think it was the use of a priest’s first name that created the context for criminal activity and profound suffering, but the habit of putting priests on pedestals where they felt entitled to special regard and could not be held to account. This is more likely to happen I would suggest where priests are thought to be ‘above’ the rest of us.
    We need to help our priests feel at home as one of us in the community of the baptised.

  • Lynn Bale 4 years

    I have no problem in addressing a Priest as Father if that is what he prefers to be called. It’s what I grew up with and I haven’t seen any reason to change. However if a Priest wants to be called by his first name then I don’t have a problem with that either. I usually ask a Priest  what he prefers to be called. However when I am addressing a Priest in public or in the presence of children I will call him Father.  Unfortunately with the abuse that has gone on in the Church many have lost respect for the Role of Priest hood.  However it’s important to remember We have been blessed with some very fine  Men who are Priests in this Archdiocese who have earnt our respect and support.

    • Joanne perrett 4 years

      I agree with lyn bale, we must respect priests, those who are true to their we should pray and co tinue our love and support for those priests.
      I have know so many good priests in my life, and Those who have been caring and supported.
      we also Neto pray for those priests who have fallen.

  • John Warhurst 4 years

    Cardinal Dew makes a lot of good sense as do the comments of Beth Gibson. I support them.

  • Jas 4 years

    The disregard for children is the main reasons for the abuse scandals. The use of the term “childish piffle” continues this awful view that children’s thoughts and words are of no consequence. 

    Our Lord said that it is to the little children that the Kingdom of God belongs. So if Fr Trenton is indeed speaking “childish piffle”, may he continue to do so, it’ll be his ticket to heaven! 

  • Deesa 4 years

    I had considered this question and come up with an ‘AHA’ that: our parish is a family of brothers and sisters trying to grow forward in faith united. We have in our midst so much talent and desire to good. We reflect the realities of most families whereby we could so easily be reduced to squabble and rabble. But for the structures of Parish. The home provided by our Priestly ministry(fathers keeps us facing toward Christ’s work. We are regularly fed and dressed in the grace of the Holy Spirit, and eventually find forgiveness and appreciation for the callings lived by our siblings.