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Call No Man Your 'Father'

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(Last Updated:  13 Jun 2001 )


Catholics often call their priests "Father" (as do the Eastern Orthodox, and members of some other Christian communions).  Yet Jesus, in Matthew 23:9, says "And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven."  I recently discussed this with someone who was somewhat antagonistic to Catholic claims and was disputing the Catholic practice here.  What follows is the gist of my response, in which, by the way, I borrow heavily from a Catholic Answers article on this matter.  For more on the concept of Spiritual Fatherhood, see my paper Priesthood and Spiritual Fatherhood.



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