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Why It’s Important that We Call Priests “Father”

Some Christians, based upon Matthew 23:9, are opposed to the practice of calling priests “fathers.” They’re mistaken in this opposition, and risk doing a disservice to God out of their misreading of this text.  Now, we already know that the practice of referring to spiritual fathers as “father” is in found throughout the New Testament (e.g., Luke […]

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If We Can’t Call Priests “Father,” It Doesn’t Leave Much

Padre Pio de Pietrelcina Some time ago, I wrote a post on why we Catholics call our priests “Father.”  In a nutshell, this is a recognition of the priest’s spiritual fatherhood. St. Paul sets the pattern for this in 1 Cor. 4:15, when he tells Timothy, “I became your father through the Gospel.”  The typical objection to […]

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