Why not. They were in the Bible long before the so-called reformers took them out.
Even after having talked to many catholics and doing some studying to understand why you believe what you believe I still cant arrive at the understanding of why you guys consider Mary “The Holy Intercessor” and dedicate more of the rosary to her than to our Father in Heaven.
As mother of the Messiah, Mary automatically falls into the role of the “Giberah” or Queen Mother. Because Jesus is the Messiah, which automatically makes him king of Israel, she fulfills the place of intercessor for needs. It takes nothing away from Christ any more than you praying for a friend would.
The Rosary is a devotion to Mary and at the same time a meditation on the life of Christ. There are other Rosaries (also knowns as Chaplets), that are to Christ as well as other saints.
I suggest that you look into the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and realize that Catholics believe very strongly in the communion and intercession of saints. (MP3 Bible study)
I am dumbfounded at such a concept. Mary was a faithful follower of Christ and a good example of how we should follow Him, but she is no “Holier” than us or our only means of intercession.
I might beg to differ. Are you as holy as you should be? Do you know of anywhere in the Word of God where the Blessed Virgin is noted as sinning? I would suggest that she had a deeper and more living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ than any of us can possibly imagine.
As for your final comment. Can you provide me with any authentic Catholic teaching that says that Mary is “our only means of intercession”? I don’t think so since no such exists.
I also dont understand the whole concept of Priesthood in the catholic church. Do you realize that God has made us joint heirs with Christ and His priesthood. There is not one priest or one man that stands in the gap as the pope does for you guys.
This is total misrepresentation of the Pope’s position. As for the priesthood, there is no passage of scripture that says that there will be no priesthood. part of your problem is that you probably think that there are no sacraments in the Bible, and you are dead wrong there. (“I Find No Sacraments In The Bible.” he said.)
I also havent came across anywhere in scripture where it advises us to allow a man to interpret scripture fully for us ultimately making it up to us rather we read it for ourselves or not.
(You really do need to open separate threads on all these topics or else use the forum search feature to find ones already in existence. The Forum Rules discourage scattergun posts like you are doing here.)
If your interpretation, or your pastor’s, does not agree with the Bible and/or with the writings of the early church, the who do you suppose is likely to be in error. The verifiable historic writings of the early church give us insight into what the apostles handed on by way of teachings that insure that one does not stray from it.
I believe there is no possibility of revelation or growth in the mere hearing what one man has to say.
Far from being the learning of “what one man has to say”, the Catholic Church has more and better sources than any n-C church around.