A question for you all—do you have any hesitancy in calling a priest “Father”? I do. Maybe if I knew more why priests are referred to this way I could see it differently, but I can’t imagine calling anyone my “father,” except, of course, for my heavenly Father (or my real dad).

So, what do you think?

Αυτω η δοξα,



13 thoughts on “Father”

  1. Interesting! I have a Anglican fellow pastor, and whenever I call his cell, he answers, “Hello, this is Father Wes.” I kid you not!

    But I never call him that. I too have a problem with the title, but professionally I’ve done it before.

  2. At its best, I don’t think it’s too far removed from calling a fellow Christian “brother” or “sister.” We’re called to treat “older men as fathers,” and calling someone that shouldn’t be inherently wrong. Granted, I haven’t dug into Mt 23 enough to know what Jesus is getting at there, and I can understand the discomfort.

  3. There’s also 1 Corinthians, where Paul says that he “fathered” them through the gospel – and points out that they’ve had many instructors but not many fathers. And of course Paul refers to Timothy as “my son in the faith”. I’m guessing things developed from there.

  4. I totally agree with you Jason. Jesus told us who our “Father” is and I don’t think He was talking about Catholic Priests. 🙂 Way to throw that out there, I’d never thought of that before.

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