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This Catholic article explains and defends the usage of the word, "Father," in reference to priests. Now, in the Chinese language, people have a tendency to use the same familial words for society at large. A child may call an unrelated man, "uncle," or an unrelated younger girl, "little sister". Will this be in conflict with the Catholic concept of "Father" of the church? Or do the Chinese Catholics use a distinct honorific term just for the priest?

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This sounds like a question for Chinese Language & Usage... :) –  Flimzy Mar 3 at 20:02
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the Chinese language. –  Flimzy Mar 3 at 20:04
I'm sure this page has the answer you seek. :P –  Flimzy Mar 3 at 20:17
This id a fine question. –  Affable Geek Mar 4 at 0:35
@AaronKorn If you read the article, then you'd see that the Catholic article actually refutes the claim. –  Anonymous Mar 4 at 1:32
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