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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

JeffLogan's picture

This is a matter of

This is a matter of semantics, isn't it?

DM writes -
In the same way, we never refer to OUR priests as OUR fathers.

For example. If we speak of the priest at our parish, we will say, Fr. Dan is the priest at our parish.

But if we look at the words of Jesus Christ in the Bible, He did not say, "don't call priests your father" But call "no man your father". So, I ask you, what do you call "your" dad?

Just as you call your Priest "father," I call my dad "father." However, if we were to qualify those statements I might say, referring to my dad, "This is my father." And I might ask of you, "Is that your father." The same can be done with the priest. "That's Fr. Paul. He is our Father." "Is Fr. Dan your Father?"

Why all the fuss over semantics? Look at the spirit of the text not the letter. The spirit of Jesus' words is that we are not to look to man as our spiritual leaders. That honor belongs to our Heavenly Father. That is the spirit of Jesus' words. "And call none your father upon earth; for one is YOUR father, who is in heaven."

It seems you switch back and forth between letter and spirit to suit your own purposes. Do you do that purposefully?

“The path of true piety is so plain as to require
but little political direction.” --George Washington,
re: absence of "Jesus Christ" in U.S. Constitution.

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. -Proverbs 18:2 NIV