[quote="ForeverRome500, post:1, topic:227046"]
the big conflicting issue, i have.. which sometimes makes me wonder if i should convernt to protestant.. is that it seems that in the catholic view... Mary is more important than Jesus, i just, it makes me wonder
Well, I certainly see your worries. It could be easily misunderstood as worship. Some Christian sects refuse to believe any Catholic who says they do NOT worship Mary. www.jesus-is-savior.com is the pinnacle of that. (Needless to say it is an Evangelical site.) It says specifically that one should believe that Catholics worship Mary despite what they say. (It even goes so far to call Our Blessed Mother the Great Whore. Yet, it has the audacity to say "This is NOT a hate site" when all it is for is to serve judgmental proclivities towards iconoclasm. Ironically, this judgmental site is "Christian".)
And saying that Mary seems more important than Jesus Christ is a lot like saying it seems like the Son is more important than the Father or the Holy Spirit in the Catholic view. That certainly is not the case even if we hear more about Christ than the other two combined. It only seems that way. Mary just brings us to Christ.
Anyway, deep devotion to Mary can be likened to a musician. The musician practices the instrument FOR the music. No musician practices the trumpet (for example, yours truly) merely because they like the trumpet. The main focus is music, not the instrument. This is a similar case here. Mary (along with the Angels, Saints and Martyrs) is the instrument and Christ is the music. All Mary does is lead us to Christ. She brought Him to the world. She will bring us to Christ or Christ to us depending on how one looks at it. (Personally, I do not think it matters which.)
Everybody in Heaven are our friends and want to help us on our journey to God. Mary is our Momma and will help us with whatever we need.
No Catholic worships Mary. If they did, they would not be Catholic. It may seem like worship but prayer, bowing down and/or kneeling to (these latter two are only signs of respect) are not forms of worship. They CAN be used for worship but kneeling in front of a statue is only repect, bowing has been used for repect for ages and prayer in itself is just asking. In any case prayer "to" Mary and the inhabitants of Heaven are mostly Christ-centered. It is a simple thing to grasp. You will understand more fully in due time.
I hope this helps.