“Call No Man Your Father”

by Steve Ray on September 2, 2017

2008_11_12_ethicssoup_catholicpriests_ph_priestWhy do Catholics call their priests “Father” when Jesus said, “Call no man your father.” If you haven’t heard this question yet, some day you certainly will.

We must understand what Jesus was saying and why he was saying it in order to understand his words.

I was asked this question again and here is my reply.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott Montgomery June 27, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Dear Mr. Ray,
I truly enjoyed your brief essay on referring to Catholic priests as “Father”. In my opinion, your analysis of 1 Cor 4:14-17 is the clearest and best explanation of this practice that I have heard — even moreso since by quoting an Epistle of St. Paul, the reasoning becomes that much more difficult for Sola Scriptura Protestants (which you and I used to be) to deny.
Thanks for your continued good work!

Jae June 29, 2009 at 1:45 AM


Good piece! I think you missed one more important Bible passage wherein God Himself wrote as part of His 10 Commandments….Exodus 20:12: “Honor thy FATHER and thy mother..”

Every Blessings!

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