Many Christians today feel it is wrong to use the term "Father" when refering to a Pastor or Priest. They use as their "proof" text Matthew 23:9 "And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, [even] he who is in heaven. ASV" Many accuse the RCC and others of violating this verse. But in verse 8 of the same chapter "But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. NKJV" Most Christians violate this command when they have "Sunday School Teachers" and when one goes to Bible College to get taught by Teachers. Also interpeting this verse the way many Evangelicals do today is in violation of St. Paul 1 Corinthians 4:14 "For though ye have ten thousand tutors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begat you through the gospel.ASV" in this passage St. Paul tells the Corinthians that he is their earthly spiritual father. When one properly looks at the context of St. Matthew's 26th Gospel we find Jesus was rebuking pharisees for playing God but not condeming the practice of calling others on earth spiritual "leaders,mentors,teachers, and fathers." I affirm the fact Christ is the Head of the Church and we have but one Father and Teacher--God. In Christ, Nate "Eccere nullus-a-um salus-utis externus Christus!"