Why do we address priests as Father?

A friend quoted Matthew 29:3 and asked me why we call priests “Father” when the passage says “And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.” I did not know how to respond. How can I explain this passage to my friend? Thank you and God bless!:confused:

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