My father disagrees with the Catholic Church on many things (he is a Baptist). I have not told my family that I am planning on converting yet because I want to be ready to answer his complaints against Catholicism. One of the stories he told me when I was younger was that during an Easter Mass (the only Mass he’s ever witnessed as far as I’m aware), he witnessed altar boys holding a statue (or some image) of Jesus. People approaching the altar would kiss his feet first, then move to receive the Eucharist. My question has two parts.
- Is there a part of the Easter Mass where people kiss the statue of Jesus?
- If it is, how is it not idolatry? If not, why would they do this? Could I have a Catholic viewpoint on this?
Thank you all very much!