From today gospel: “Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven.” (Mt 23:9)…and should Catholics not refer to the parish priest as “Father.” That is a common charge by some Christians who take the passage quite literally. But then I doubt that your parish priest is quite literally your father. But then your actual father… are you not going call him, “father?” Be that as it may, certainly the Hebrew Scriptures are filled with men being referred to (or taking upon themselves) as “father” when they are not in fact the biological or even adoptive father. Continue reading