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If not, how would you explain to somebody that they do not?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on Jun. 12, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • No, Catholics do NOT worship Mary or the Saints. However they do worship THROUGH them.

    Actually Catholics don't worship through sants or Mary either.  It really is the idea that Mary and the saints in heaven are part of the Body of Christ and the church.   When Christians ask someone here on earth to pray for them they don't believe they're praying "through" that person, they believe that they're asking that person for help.  They also pray to God.  It's the exact same idea with Catholics - they're not praying/worshipping through the saints they're asking fellow Christians who happen to be in heaven to pray for them.  For Catholics - the most imporant form of worship it the Mass - we don't pray through saints at the Mass.  We worship God!


    Answer by eringobrough at 12:33 PM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • This answer wasn't "good enough" for the people saying that they do:

    "Catholics don't "worship" Mary or Saints or Angels. We don't pray TO them either in the same sense that we pray to Jesus/God, but rather in the same way that we would ask somebody on Earth to pray with or for us. Cultural gestures of reverence or honor do not equal worship. Common misconception. Catholics hold Mary and other Saints in high esteem because they were considered wonderful images or mirrors of Christ which is something we all aspire to be."

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • Mary IS the mother of God, but only as a vessel to deliver him. Intercessions, supplications and prayers to anyone other than the Lord is an abomination in His eyes. The praying to spirits and dead people began at the Towel of Babel, when the pagans had over 500 different "gods" they prayed to, which translated into praying to the "saints" in ... Read Morelater days after Christ. The Catholic Church was created 300 years AFTER Christ by Constantine, a man, not God, who led real followers of Christ to this "church" by claiming it to be Christian faith (false pretenses) but whose real intention was just to have everyone under his thumb for the sake of power, not faith.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • rolling on floor

    I am sure you will get some responses but if not just read back at the questions for the last two days.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • I'm hoping to get specifics responses to the second post here...I agree that Catholics don't worship Mary, I'm just not knowledgeable enough in the Catholics Faith to explain it to somebody. I'm really interested in some other points of view.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:15 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • ok sorry anon, I read your question wrong.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:17 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • No, Catholics do NOT worship Mary or the Saints. However they do worship THROUGH them. Many pray "to" a saint but it's usually to ask that saint for spacific help not to worship. IT would be like aproaching a nun instead of the priest. There are also those that ask them to take spacific messages to God, and still those that feel a certain pull towards one or another and form a "bond" with them... Speaking to them in the form of prayer. They are not worshiped.

    However since I am sure it was my comment that started all these posts in the first place I do want to note that while they do not worship the saints or their idols the PRACTICE of using idols of any kind is one that is not supported biblically. So, it's a thin line between Idol worship and just talking with a saint... And as far as i know only the Catholic and Catholic style religions (like Santeria) use any Idols in their religious or daily practices.

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:21 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • Some people ask “why say prayers to saints? Shouldn’t all our prayers be to God?” Praying to the saints is praying to God, in a fundamental way. We're praying to those who can ask God to help us in our various needs in accordance with His will.
    When you ask someone to pray for you are you worshiping that person? Of course not! It’s the same when we ask the saints to pray for us! In our prayers to saints we ask them to “put in a good word” for us with God in Heaven. They are not the focus of our worship, God is.

    In this regard, it is worth noting that many compilations of prayers to saints also include prayers by them as well, to our Lord. The important thing to remember is that all these prayers have the same Divine destination, for our salvation.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:29 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • The authors of the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium (“light of the nations”) noted that it was important that we “suppliantly invoke" the saints and "have recourse to their prayers, their power and help in obtaining benefits from God through His Son, Jesus Christ, who is our Redeemer and Saviour."

    For example, in one well known prayer to St. Joseph we ask him to
    “assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your
    divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.”


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:29 AM on Jun. 12, 2009

  • In the saints we have as advocates members of what is called the Church triumphant (those already in heaven.) We on earth are part of the Church militant.

    In addition, with the Church suffering (those in purgatory) we all make up what is known as the Communion of Saints, part of one glorious mystical body of Christ in His Church. We are truly all in this together!

    Note that the saints had their weaknesses and struggles just we do. But they also had a tremendous devotion to God. They became canonized (that is to say, officially recognized) as Catholic Saints after their deaths. This was usually done after a lengthy review of both the holiness of their lives and miracles associated with them.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:30 AM on Jun. 12, 2009