Why Do Catholics Worship Mary



Q. I am confused, about, the worshiping Mary thing.

A. The Worship of Mary is Condemned by the Catholic Church. The accusation that Catholics worship Mary is a Protestant tradition based in misunderstanding. It has been handed down from generation to generation by Protest-ants. But it just is not true. Mary is a creature, created by God. She is not divine. We honor her. We DO NOT worship her. Because there is a real difference between Protestant and Catholic culture, Protestants often misjudge what they hear and see in the Catholic Church. Some even jump to very uncharitable conclusions without ever asking a knowledgeable Catholic if what they thought they saw or heard was correct.

Q. I found several things that say the pope tells the Catholic’s to worship Mary.

A. I am sorry but that is impossible. You may have found something that you interpreted to be a pope telling people to worship Mary. But I can guarantee he did not tell anyone to “worship Mary.”  If you could show it to me we can look at it together.

Q. And I looked up Mary in the Catechism, and it talks about her as the “Mother of God”

A. Once I explain this you will understand it. This phrase, Mother of God, merely means that Mary was the mother of Jesus. Since Jesus was God, and Mary was His mother; Mary is the Mother of God. That is all it means. It does not mean we think she pre-existed the Holy  Trinity, the Godhead or created God Almighty in her womb.This phrase was coined in the early centuries of the Church when there was a heresy regarding the deity and humanity of Jesus. This simple phrase affirmed the incarnation of Jesus the God-man.

Q. And the “Mother of the members of the church”

A. Yes, and so she certainly is as we see in

Rev. 12:5 And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne….17 So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

Q. What about holding her to a high reverence.

A. Yes, we honor her as Elizabeth predicted.

Luke 1:42 Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? “For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary prophesied also:

Luke 1: 48 For behold, from this time on all generations will call me blessed.

One never hears, “Blessed Mary” out of an Evangelical/ Protestant mouth. Why is that? It is scriptural?

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