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Call no man father.

De Maria's picture

Hello all,

On another topic, the Esteemed Julabee Jones is castigating Catholics roundly for calling priests, father.

She bases that opinion on Jesus' injunction, "call no man father". Now I don't see any qualifications there. Jesus didn't say, don't call priests father. He said
And call no man your father upon the earth.... Matthew 23:9

Yet, I've met no one, Protestant or Catholic, who doesn't call their dad, father. Except a few disrespectful children.

So I was wondering, what do you call your father? A question, by the way, which the sweet Julabee, has yet to answer.


De Maria

Noshic's picture


Dear DM,
One must try to understand the spirit behind the words. For even the pharisees and the teachers of the law perfectly knew the written law, but totally missed the spirit of the law.
If one reads the preceding text, it's clear that this verse infact is spoken in connection with people like those - who desired special honours for themselves - for the duties that they 'supposedly' performed.
Here our Lord is specifically asking His disciples not to succumb to the same error, but guide others in a spirit of humility, acknowledging the supremacy of God in their lives, and not of one human being over another.
Please note the sequence - Rabbi.. father.. teacher. It has nothing to do with our biological fathers at all.