Fathers of the Church

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Although Jesus said that we should "call no man father," other New Testament scriptures use the term in the same sense that the Church does.

"'For if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus, by the gospel, I have begotten you. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ' (1 Corinthians 4:15, 16; cf. Galatians 4:19). The first teachers of Christianity seem to be collectively spoken of as 'the Fathers' (πατέρες, 2 Peter 3:4)."[1]


  1. Catholic Encyclopedia, "Fathers of the Church."