OK I’ve got myself into a proper USA anti-Catholic wrangle!! I have this to deal with-
WHY IS THE CATHOLIC MARY SO IMPORTANT TO CATHOLICS? (Edited out link to anti-Catholic website. PM poster for link.)
The Catholic Church, more than even the Orthodox churches, has raised Mary to the highest rank in their system of belief. They would deny this, but in the practical sense, they cannot deny it. I have recently been thinking about this, and I believe I have come to a correct analysis of the thing.
1. Mary is exalted way beyond Jesus Christ in the practical sense
Here are just a few of the ways in which Mary far outshines Jesus Christ in the Roman Catholic Church"
== Mary jewelry and fetishes are worn about 50 to 1 over Jesus fetishes. Perhaps the most ugly superstition is that of the brown scapula which is said to take the user straight to heaven if they are wearing it when they die. I have one, and it is made of trash materials, and it is the most crass insult to Jesus Christ who shed his precious Blood to pay the price of sin. How tragic that any fool would think a bit of felt and yarn with a cheap printed graphic on it would do the same work as the Blood of Jesus Christ. Here is a warm fuzzy page where the scapula is part of salvation.
**== Mary is found far more often than Jesus in the upturned bathtubs in front lawns and gardens, and the same applies to grottos in Mexico, South American, Arizona, and European areas. I have visited many of these grottos in Arizona. They stink from the burnt wax and the sweat of weary travelers, and they are often made of trash tin and rubbish materials. I once watched as an illegal Mexican alien knelt in front of a grotto, prayer, dropped a couple of pesos in the cup, and then staggered out into the sage brush to vomit. Did Mary speak to him? No. Did Mary forgive his sins? No. Did anything happen? No. Nothing. He climbed back into his friend’s pick up truck and they wandered off down the road as drunk and damned as they were before the visit to the grotto. **
There was a grotto along the road between my home and Nogales. It was in a cave in the hillside, and it was visited often. I used to go up the steps almost every time I passed by, and I dropped Gospel tracts there for the devout superstitious Catholics to read. I also found piles of coins there, and I would take them and buy two dozen eggs on the way home for Mary-- my oldest daughter. This is the only time I know of when “Mary” was actually blessed by the devotions of these superstitious Catholics. “Mary” was thankful.
Anyone able to help??