Concerning this quote:
During A.D. 306, A Roman Emperor named Constantine, was threatened by a very powerful enemy army. Realizing that his uneasy troops needed confidence, Constantine claimed to have seen a vision on the eve of battle. He saw a large blue flag with a red cross on it and heard a mighty voice which said, In hoc signo vinces — ‘‘In this sign conquer.’’ He thereupon marched his troops into a shallow river, claimed them to be officially baptized, and ordered the sign of the cross painted on all his weapons. Thus inspired, he led his troops to victory and subsequently made Christianity the state religion of Rome.
The Roman priests of Tammuz soon discovered that they could easily make the transition into Christianity (with certain changes) and thereupon carried their traditions forward without interruption by promoting the Madonna-Child worship concept, the holy water sacrament, etc.
All of the ‘contending’ doctrine about Mary that people have trouble with have been duly noted and articles have been written by our friends at Catholic Answers. The Early Church Fathers in these 3 following links all address the Catholic Church’s view on Mary with quotes well before Constantine.
But, I was reading on the site and was wondering what anyone says about this quote
To the Virgin Mary they pray in these words: “O Mother of God, Queen of heaven, command thy Son to have mercy upon us!” and, “The right use of images,” says the Council of Trent, “is to honor them, by bowing down before them.” (Sess. 25, pars 2.)
This doctrine strikes at the root of that great commandment, (which the Papists call part of the first,) “Thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them.” That is, not any image whatsoever. It is gross, open, palpable idolatry, such as can neither be denied nor excused; and tends directly to destroy the love of God, which is indeed the first and greatest commandment.
(From the Works of John Wesley, vol. 11, page 215)