I've seen these terms used in several different ways, and I'm all confused. Can someone give me the straight dope on what the difference is (if any) between a spiritual father, a confessor, and your ordinary parish priest who hears your confessions? If/when I convert, I presumably will confess to one of my parish priests. Does that make him my confessor/spiritual father, or is that something else that only some people need? Please help this very confused recovering evangelical.