'Call No Man Father': Can Catholics call Priests 'Father'?

This Bible Study is one of several ‘shorter’ studies that will address some of the 'everyday' questions/objections brought up against our faith. These issues, big or small, can sometimes be MONUMENTAL blocks in the mind of a non-catholic considering coming to the FULLNESS of TRUTH in the Catholic Church.

In the hope of bringing non-Christians to Christ and our separated protestant brethren into full unity with the Catholic Church (UR 24) it is important that we are prepared to explicate our Catholic Faith in its 'full purity and consistency' (Ut Unum Sint 3) so that, like it says in 1 Pet 3:15, we will "be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you" We do this in charity for benefit of souls and in honor of God and His Truth.

In this study we will address the question: “Why do Catholics call priests “father,” since Jesus says “call no man your father” in Matthew 23:9?”

Mt 23:1-12; 1 Cor 4:15; Rom 4:16

*Thank you to Tiffany Mina for sharing her insight during the study*
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Gleichnis vom verlorenen Sohn' (The Prodigal Son)