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    a ghostly father

    What does "a ghostly father" mean? It is quoted from an English-Chinese dictionary. There is no context. The Chinese explanation is "a Catholic priest who hears confession." Is the Chinese explanation correct?
    Last edited by sitifan; 30-Apr-2014 at 09:04.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: a ghostly father

    No, it's not correct.

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    #3

    Re: a ghostly father

    Priests are called "father." Perhaps they mean "spiritual father" rather than "ghostly"?

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    Re: a ghostly father

    "The Ghostly Father" is a book title, see https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ghostly-father
    Perhaps the Chinese explanation(聽懺悔的神父)is the Chinese title.

    Not a teacher.
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    #5

    Re: a ghostly father

    A spiritual father hears confession: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Spiritual+father

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    #6

    Re: a ghostly father

    "Ghostly Father" is not correct. Perhaps the confusion came from translating the name of one of the members of the Holy Trinity in Catholicism: sometimes called Holy Spirit and sometimes called Holy Ghost.

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