I’ve heard many times that Latria is the reverence reserved for God. This is often in contrast to dulia which is the reverence that Catholics are encouraged to have for the saints.
The argument goes, that since the definition of Latria is “that worship fit only for God”, and since we do not offer Latria to saints, therefore we do not offer Latria to saints, therefore we do not worship saints.
But isn’t this a circular argument? What exactly are the distinctive characteristics of Latria? In other words, how would I know if I was accidentally (or intentionally) revering a saint too much and crossing the line into the worship that is reserved for God only? Surely, just because Catholics aren’t supposed to worship saints, doesn’t mean that no Catholic ever has, right? So how would one judge this?