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Is it Wrong to Call A Priest Father?
When Catholics call their priest "father" they are not putting the priest above God, but simply using the parent father. When we do this we are obviously not putting our earthly father above God. Lastly, there are 124 instances in the Bible where the word “father” is used to describe someone other than God.
Some bible verses that back up the Catholic tradition of calling a priest "Father":
When a Catholic calls his/her priest father this does not conflict with Matt. 23:9 "Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven." as some protestants believe. Matthew 23:9 is simply a re-statement of the first commandment “You shall have no other gods besides me”.
St. Paul calls Abraham father in (Rom 4:12): “and likewise the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but also follow the example of the faith which our father Abraham had before he was
St. Paul says in (1 Cor 4:15): “For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” Paul is referring to himself as a spiritual father not God. The same as a priest is today.
“And Stephen said: "Brethren and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran,” (Acts 7:2)
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