To the editor:
Where has all the respect gone? I have witnessed in church, in meetings and in front of the parish congregation people calling priests and nuns by their first names. Not "Father Paul" or "Sister Judy" but just Paul or Judy. I was brought up to respect and honor the vocation that these people have chosen and speak to them with the dignity that they deserve. None of the priests or nuns has ever requested that they be addressed in a different manner, but I wonder what they think when called by their first names only. There are probably some that don’t mind, and they feel that the person considers them as a close friend and it’s OK to do this. I just don’t feel that it is respectful. My great uncle was the pastor of the parish that I grew up in, and I would never consider calling him "Uncle John." Being close and personal with our priests and nuns is a special feeling that we all develop that strengthens our faith in the Church. I feel we need to show them the respect that they deserve. A lot of us were brought up to call our neighbors "Mr. Smith" and "Mrs. Jones." We should address the leaders of our parishes the same way.