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I don't have a specifically Catholic perspective but by the time of the events in the book of Joshua, the physical people Judah, Simeon, and the other 10 patriarchs that the tribes of Israel were named after were long dead. Here's what's going on: The 12 tribes of Israel were named after the sons of Jacob (their births in Genesis 30). One of those sons, ...


It is out of respect for the type of relationship they are supposed to have with the people that they lead. It's not in the Bible. Some people say Jesus says not to call anyone "Father", including Church leaders. But the reason for calling a church leader "Father" is spiritual fatherhood. So all the things you can think of that your father is supposed to ...

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