When Jesus said, “Call no man on earth your father,” he was not referring to Catholics. He was calling us on our cultural adhesions, pointing to humanity’s treacly devotion to a biological concept.
Whatever else it may be, fatherhood is nowise an achievement. Unless love is.
While conceding that he is a lousy husband, the man says he is nevertheless a wonderful father. I ask him if he is honest. He says, “Sometimes.”
There’s a bit of a silence between us. Integrity is not sometimes.