Alright, SR, you are my inspiration today! SR commented on my post, “Mary, Mother of God” that other Christian religions think of our reverence of Mary as “idol worship” and on her post on Being Faithful To Grace, “Thanking God Today That I am a Catholic And For my Catholic Brothers and Sisters”, in which she talks about a “Christian” Network and show that was engaging in Catholic bashing. This, of course, is nothing new; people have been demeaning the Catholic Church for a very long time. My reply to SR’s comment and my comment on her post both said that “It is easier to demean the Catholic Church than it is to learn about it.” Of course, my blog is all about teaching about the Catholic Church because there is so much misunderstanding out there. In support of many of the non-Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical worshipers out there, I guess if your pastors have been telling you all your life what I terrible religion Catholicism is and that we are idol worshipers and so on, why wouldn’t you believe it. But just because your pastor is saying it, does not make it true.
To those of you who believe that Catholics worship “idols”, we do not. Do we have statues in our churches? Yes, but that does not mean we are worshiping them. We have them there to remind us of how Mary said, “Yes” to God and became the Mother of God. We have a statue of Joseph to remind us of how he raised Jesus as his own, how he did not just quietly divorce Mary, but took her into his home even though she was pregnant with a child that was not “his”. Do we pray to them? No. We will talk about “Praying” to Mary or Joseph or another saint, but it is a misnomer. We are talking with them, asking them to pray to God for us, to intercede for us with Jesus when we have a particular need. Will you see someone looking at the statue of Mary while they say a rosary? Yes, but isn’t it nice to look at someone when you are talking to them? (I will get back to my posts about Mary tomorrow.) Of course, probably the most noticeable “statue” in the church is Jesus nailed to the cross. Yes, we have a crucifix in our churches, not a cross. Now, someone will have to explain to me why the Protestant religions believe having Jesus nailed to the cross is having an “idol” in church. Because I know for me, seeing Jesus up there nailed to the cross is much more poignant, much more effective at reminding me of Jesus’ sacrifice than just a plain cross. And isn’t Jesus the reason we go to church every Sunday? (And for Catholics, it is every Sunday – if we miss a Sunday, we can’t receive communion unless we go to confession first.) Aren’t we SUPPOSED to be praying to Jesus?I just want to ask that those of you who aren’t Catholic to find out about our religion before bashing it. If you have a question, just put in the comments of any of my blogs and I will answer it, if not the next blog, in one soon after. And encourage your friends to read this blog so they may learn, also.