Father?

When did Catholics start calling priests “Father”?

Thank you for the question.

From Apostolic times. Jewish leaders were often referred to as ‘Father,’ (Fr Abraham ring any bells?)

St Paul called himself ‘Father’ “I am your father.’ 1 Cor 4:15.

https://www.quora.com/q/catholicspirituality/When-did-Catholics-start-calling-priests-Father?ch=99&share=5e7c86a2&srid=JzUR

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