SISTER or MOTHER ? what should it be ??????????????

@mrpippo (756)
United States
April 13, 2008 6:43am CST
when addressing a priest we use the term of calling him father ,so why when addressing a nun do we use the term sister ? and not say mother ,if we call a priest father then shouldn't we call a nun mother ?????????????????????????????????????
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@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
13 Apr 08
I am sure that addressing a nun you say sister and only when the nun is of higher rank (so to speak) and looks after say, the nunnery then you call her 'mother'. But the reasoning behind it is not something I am aware of - let's see what other people say. Good discussion subject, by the way!
@AmbiePam (50445)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Yeah, I remember in 'The Sound of Music' the nuns called the head of their convent 'Mother.'
@surfette (674)
• United States
13 Apr 08
The title of "Mother Superior" is only used in the convent. She is the senior nun appointed to the post to care for the other nuns in the convent. Only the nuns call her Mother. If a layman were to speak to her, it would still be Sister, not Mother. The sisters are in an "order" and they live together in a group setting and they are sisters to one another. Each "order" was designed for a specific purpose. The teaching nuns are usually from the order of St. Francis, Dominican or Notre Dame. The Poor Clares are like monks, they live their lives in a sequestered environment to pray and do good works. When nuns take their vows, they are considered "Brides of Christ" and are devoted to God as a bride would be to her husband. Priests are supposed to be Father/Confessor and are designed to help guide us to the Heavenly Father and reenact the words of the Last Supper at Mass and to carry out the sacraments of the Church. Jesus gave the apostles these appointments at the Last Supper and appointed Peter as their leader (the first Pope). These are Catholic traditions and are a part of how the church was designed. They are not supposed to be thought of as God, but as his earthly representatives. When a priest takes his vows, his fingers are "consecrated" in order to be allowed to touch the "body and blood of Christ" in communion. These are the roles of the priests and nuns in the church structure. That is how the Roman Catholic Church is designed. They feel that God has given them these positions and duties through their "calling" to the Lord. It may seem mysterious to outsiders, but they are just workers for God with titles that match their responsibilities.
@ciades (1624)
• Philippines
14 Apr 08
Well i guess sufette explained it all..
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@surfette (674)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I went to Catholic high school and used to help out Sister Marilita (the librarian) in the summer when the new books would arrive. Got to be real friends with her and she explained a lot of these things to me.
@ciades (1624)
• Philippines
14 Apr 08
its great to know..actually i used to be active in church before but never thought about it...but thanks for the information suffette. i appreciated this information.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Yes. I think we should call a nun a mother since we call a priest a father. We should only call the nun a sister if we are in the same organization that she is, I believe.
• United States
14 Apr 08
Is it because the head of the nuns is called Mother Superior?
@AmbiePam (50445)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Hmmm...I'm not Catholic, so I wouldn't know. But evangelical Christians often refer to each other as either 'Sister' or 'Brother.' Perhaps a priest is seen as 'over' both of those, thus the term 'Father.'
@ciades (1624)
• Philippines
14 Apr 08
Oh..i didn't thought about that. But i guess i will asked the priest..
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
13 Apr 08
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.(Matt. 23:9). So I don't call any man Father and so I would say that this also applies to calling such a person Mother. I don't believe that any one person should be put up above any other in religion.
@jeanniemay (1803)
• Philippines
13 Apr 08
Ahh, hmmm.. I never have thought of this until you asked. Well, in my own point of view, because they stand as a sister to Mary the mother of our so called brother Jesus. That is how I understand it. A priest is regarded as father because they embody as leaders of the church like shepherds to lead us all to the heavenly father. But nuns are like our big sisters to serve as helping hand to the priests and to serve as models of the heavenly mother who gave birth to our savior. Just my thoughts..
@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
13 Apr 08
No I don't think so. We call monks brother - so it is only natural nuns are called sisters. Nuns are not priests or bishops.