Why do Catholics call priests "Father" when Jesus said "call no man father"?


#1

A little help please,
I believe that Mathews Gospel includes a verse where Jesus says to call no man father. Obviously, we Catholics use the title Father to refer to the priests.

What is our explanation?


#2

Jesus said, “And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven” (Matt 23:9). Several sentences later he said, “Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers” (Matt 23:32). So clearly verse 9 was not meant to be a prohibition against the use of the word “father” for anyone other than the first person of the trinity. Rather, it was a prohibition against the misuse of the title.

For a detailed explanation see Call No Man Father.


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