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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

De Maria's picture

re: This is a matter of

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?"

And you would be dead wrong. I don't know ANY Catholic who would say, Fr. Paul is my father. The question is not that unusual and I have responded to it thus. "No, he is a Priest at our Parish."

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?

It isn't I. It is you.

You claim that Jesus said "call no man "father". But He didn't. He said, "call no man "your" father. We simply use the term as a title.

Now, Jesus also said not to call any man teacher and master. Yet I don't see you or anyone getting upset about all the teachers we have. Or at the people who have worked many years to be called a Master of this and that area of expertise.

I don't agree that the spirit of the verse is that which you ascribe to it. I believe Jesus is telling us that He is God. The Father of all fathers, Master of all masters and Teacher of all teachers.