1 Corinthians 4:14-15 (New American Bible)
I am writing you this not to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. Even if you should have countless guides to Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
1 Corinthians 4:14-15 (Apostolic Bible Polyglot)
Not shaming you do I write these things, but as my beloved children I admonish you. For if you should have ten thousand instructors in Christ, but not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus through the good news I engendered you.
Roman Catholics use 1 Corinthians 4:14-15 as a defense for their teaching that priests should be called father even though this teaching directly contradicts Matthew 23:9. Does 1 Corinthians 4:14-15 support this assertion even if one ignores the clear teaching in Matthew 23:9 not to call someone the spiritual title of father?
Matthew 23:9 (ABP)
And call not any of yours upon the earth father; for there is one—your father, the one in the heavens.