Jesus was talking to the crowds who were giving more status to the pharisees than they deserved. He called them hypocrites.This is @kepha31's argument. But again, it doesn't fit well with the context of Matthew 23:1-12. The sin of regarding a Rabbi or teacher as "the very Author of our being" is never discussed in the passage. To say it's being discussed here insinuates that this must be what the Pharisees were doing, and for a Pharisee to be equating himself with the Heavenly Father would have been a death sentence.
Matthew 23:9 And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven.
Clearly, Jesus is saying not to elevate anyone to the level of our heavenly Father.
Catholics calling priests "Father"does not violate scripture. I posted a list of scriptures where "Father" is used to designate spiritual fatherhood and you rejected every one of them because they don't fit your preconceptions. You are using the Bible to attack the Church. The Bible never does that. You do it because it is a man made tradition.
Your strict hyper-literalism is a bondage.