BASIC R.C. BELIEF
Jesus' command in Matthew 23:9 doesn't apply to the use of that term for
the priests, but that it is merely a title that shows respect. The priests,
as ordinary ministers of Baptism, are regarded as spiritual fathers.
A study of Matthew 23:9 reveals that Jesus was talking about being called
Father as a title of religious superiority, precisely as the priests are
called. This religious superiority is the basis for the Hierarchy.
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