A protestant ask me why we call our priests 'Father'?

Dear Sir/Madam

A protestant ask me to justify why we(Catholics) call our priests ‘Father’

I was stumped and could only state that this was done our of respect!

May I seek your assistance for a more complete answer?

Thank you:)

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