Lol, no… He already had Dulia and “Hyper Dulia” in the list… I guess it was supposed to mean “Latria”… just thought it was rather funny, because this misspelling actually led to a state of the European Union (giving a reasonable result).
*]from Medieval Latin: service,
*]from Greek douleia slavery, from doulos slave
*]the veneration accorded to saints in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Churches, as contrasted with hyperdulia and latria
*]Hyper - from Ancient Greek ὑπέρ (huper, “over”)
*]Dulia - from Medieval Latin: service; from Greek douleia slavery, from doulos slave
*]RC Church special veneration accorded to the Virgin Mary Compare dulia, latria
*]the veneration offered by Roman Catholics to the Virgin Mary as the most exalted of human beings[/LIST]
*]via Latin from Greek latreia worship
*]RC Church Theol the adoration that may be offered to God alone
*]worship of the highest order that can be offered only to God
From my point of view (knowing that the world looks different through other people’s eyes) it appears very much alike.
The outward and the inwards actions are basically the same. The definition changes only with a different recipient. Making myself a servant / slave to a saint (as in “dulia”) is called exactly that: Dulia. When this servanthood and personal enslavement is however directed towards Mary it is called “Hyperdulia”. If I then add the notion that my recipient is God, then it becomes “Latria”.
If these definitions were not dependent upon the recipient it would seem that they are more or less the same… I guess that is why most Protestants do not practice “Dulia” nor “Hyperdulia” and I guess that’s why I really cannot comprehend the notion of acts of reparation towards Mary. I cannot blaspheme against her since she is not God and she is not my neighbor so that I cannot sin against her and ask her for forgiveness if I do so (as opposed to my neighbor whom I can ask for forgiveness if I sin against him).
I know that your point of view might be rather different, so please don’t stone me for voicing mine… I do think that Mary is a wonderful example of how we can serve God. She did say yes to God’s plan and she had the honor and privilege to have the blessing of carrying the Messiah. Today we can learn from that in that we can truly give our lives to God and see the blessings that come out of obeying Him.
I disagree however with the notion of sin against Mary, asking her for forgiveness or even making myself a slave to her in any form or fashion. Hence the question, because these acts of reparation that seem strange to me.
Even though I might have been catechized thoroughly these ideas have never been presented to me, making it even harder for me to believe that this is actually an official teaching. After what I have read until now you seem to accept it as a such.
I just still wonder what verses the RCC bases this on and where in the Catechism these teachings are found.