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Priesthood and Spiritual Fatherhood

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Catholics often call their priests "Father" (as do the Eastern Orthodox, and members of some other Christian communions).  This article presents some of the basis for this practice, addressing the idea of the priest as Spiritual Father.  I have drawn heavily from Fr Pablo Gadenz's The Priest as Spiritual Father, an excellent contribution to Hahn and Suprenant's 1998 book Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God.

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