You have had this explained to you "fundies" over and over again<quoted text>
Which statement is 100% TRUE:
Jesus said, "Call No Man Father."
Jesus said, "Call Priests, Bishops, Cardinals, and Pope Father."
(many times), by Regina so here is in again!
Catholics call their priests "Father" because in
all matters pertaining to Christ's holy faith they
perform the duties of a father, representing God.
The priest is the agent of the Christian's
supernatural birth and sustenance in the world.
"Father" is a title which does not conflict in the
slightest with Matthew 23:9. Christ forbids the
Christian to acknowledge any fatherhood which
conflicts with the Fatherhood of God – just as He
commands the Christian to "hate" his father,
mother, wife, and his own life, insofar as these
conflict with the following of Christ.(Luke
14:26). But Christ does not forbid Christians to
call His own representatives by the name of
"Father." Catholic priests share in the
priesthood of Jesus Christ (not a human
priesthood), and their sacred ministry partakes of
the Fatherhood of God. Like St. Paul (himself a
Catholic priest), every Catholic priest can refer
to the souls he has spiritually begotten as his
children in Christ.(1 Cor. 4:14). St. Paul
considered himself to be the spiritual father, in
Christ, of the Corinthians: "For if you have ten
thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many
fathers. For in Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I
have begotten you." (I Cor. 4:15). The title of
"Father" is entirely proper for an ordained priest
of Jesus Christ.