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Roman Catholics insist that they don’t worship Mary. To skirt the change of idolatry, Church apologists point to the three types of worship in Roman Catholicism: latria, the worship of God; dulia, the worship of saints and angels; and hyperdulia, a higher level of dulia worship reserved for Mary alone.  

The worship types are artificial constructs because they don’t actually define the differences among the three types worship except to say that one is for God, one is for saints and angels, and one is for Mary alone. The ill-defined worship types are distinctions without a difference, yet Roman Catholics blindly embrace the terms without question or serious reflection. 

Roman Catholicism admittedly worships angels and people; and if that’s not bad enough, its hyper worship of the Virgin Mary crosses the line to goddess worship.

Mary on the cross with Christ
 Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

Here is a Marian Year Prayer given by Pius XII in 1954:

“Enraptured by the splendor of your heavenly beauty and impelled by the anxieties of the world, we cast ourselves into your arms, O Immaculate Mother of Jesus and our Mother.

Mary, we adore and praise the peerless richness of the sublime gifts with which God has filled you above every other mere creature from the moment of conception until the day on which, after your assumption into Heaven, He crowned you Queen of the Universe.

O crystal fountain of faith, bathe our hearts with your heavenly perfume!

O Conqueress of evil and death, inspire in us a deep horror of sin, which makes the soul detestable to God and a slave of hell!

O well-beloved of God, hear the ardent cries which rise up from every heart in this year dedicated to you.  Then tenderly, O Mary, cover our aching wound.

Convert the wicked, dry the tears of the afflicted and the oppressed, comfort the poor and humble, quench hatred, sweeten harshness, safeguard the flower of purity, protect the holy Church.

In your name, resounding harmoniously in heaven, may they recognize that all are brothers, and that the nations are members of one family.

Receive, O sweet Mother, our humble supplications, and above all obtain for us on that day, happy with you, that we may repeat before your throne that hymn which is sung today around your altars.

You are all-beautiful, O Mary! You are glory, O Mary.  You are the joy, you are the honor of our people!”

Millions of Roman Catholics worldwide pray to Mary for protection, comfort, hope, and salvation. They kiss her image, her picture, and her statue.

Roman Catholics are taught to love and adore Mary because all graces pass through her and that she is their hope of salvation. Mary withholds divine justice, intercedes of behalf of sinners, and convinces God to accept them.

In his sermon “Exposing the Idolatry of Mary Worship: An Overview,” John McArthur lists some prayers and quotes taken from the “Glories of Mary” by Saint Alphonsus Liguori, an 18th century Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church. First the prayers: 

“Behold, O Mother of God, at thy feet a miserable sinner, a slave of hell who has recoursed to thee and trusts in thee. I do not deserve that thou shouldest even look at me, but I know that thou, having seen thy son die for the salvation of sinners, hast the greatest desire to help them. I hear all call thee the Refuge of Sinners, the Hope of those who are in despair and the Help of the abandoned. Thou art then my refuge, my hope and my help. Thou hast to save me by thy intercession.” 

“O sovereign Lady, saint of all saints, our strength and our refuge. God, as it were of this world, Glory of Heaven, accept those who love thee.” 

“We have confidence, but in thee O most faithful Virgin. O great Mediatress of peace between men and God, the love of all men and of God to whom the honor and benediction with the Father and the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

“Mary, Blessed Virgin, Immaculate Queen, I dedicate my family forever to thy service. I appoint thee ruler of my whole house. Bless us, defend us, provide for us, counsel us, comfort us, assist us in our infirmities, especially in the sorrows of death. Granted, we may go to heaven.”

Now for some quotes:

“As Queen, she possesses by right the whole kingdom of her son.” 

“There are just as many creatures serving Mary as there are serving God.”

“All things in heaven and earth are under God’s dominion so that they are, at the same time, under Mary’s dominion. She has dominion and power over all creation.”

“Every prayer of Mary’s is like an established law for our Lord.  She establishes the law by which God acts.”

“Every prayer of Mary’s is like an established law for our Lord obliging him to be merciful to everyone for whom she intercedes.” 

“Mary throws open the door of God’s mercies to anyone she pleases, when she pleases, as she pleases.” 

“Nothing resists her power for God the Father looks upon her glory as if it were His own and God the Son, taking delight in glorifying her, grants her every perfection as if he were paying a debt.” 

“The son is under great obligation to her to pay what he owes to Mary, listens to her requests and grants them.” 

“Mary is the Mother of our souls. Mary is our spiritual Mother. She is sovereign. She sets the heavenly law. She operates with glory equal to God. God and Jesus do what she tells them to do. She is the source of spiritual life. She gives life to our souls. She gives birth to our souls.” 

“All you who hunger for the Kingdom of God, honor the blessed Virgin Mary and you will find life and eternal salvation.” 

“Mary is the arc which saves from eternal destruction anyone who takes shelter in it. Under the shelter of Mary, sinners are saved.”

“If Mary ignores or condemns anyone, that person is inevitably lost.”

According to McArthur, Roman Catholicism’s veneration of Mary is “Just as idolatrous as the ancient worship of the Semitic goddess Astarte, known as Ishtar, originally, among the Babylonians. … It is no less offensive to God than the worship King Manasseh gave to the Tyrian goddess Asherah.”

It’s clear from history that the Roman Catholic Church has imported pagan goddess worship into Christianity, which steals glory from God the Father, from God the Son, and from God the Holy Spirit. 

To Roman Catholics Mary is the Mother of Mercy, the All Holy One, the Sovereign One, the source of salvation, the source of all graces, the comforter, the sympathizer, and the savior of the world.” Her qualities, powers, and attributes are God’s qualities, powers, and attributes.

Mary is given equal power with God, sovereignty over who is saved, and even sovereignty over God. God and Jesus are obligated to do what she says as if paying a debt.

If Mary is not a goddess in Roman Catholicism, what is she for only a goddess has the attributes, qualities, and powers of Rome’s Mary?

Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt: Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows. Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt … Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them. Jeremiah 44:24,25,26,27 KJV

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