Interesting and provocative comment! However, NOT antagonistic.
Im not that into the “religious devotionals” to our mother in Jesus, but I definitely do not deny a motherhood which was given to her by divine appointing. How one observes their relationship with her is something I do not limit to statues, Rosary prayers (in a strict sense of rececitating and how often), consecrations, tatoos, medals, and so on.
Neither am I one to use the mere fact that she physically bore Jesus into the world as a reason for her motherhood to me. It was because she believed and obeyed the Holy Spirit to accept the Messiah AND offer her son, as messiah, to be sacrificed for us all. This was her heart willingly made subjected to the sword of a broken heart out of love.
We can do no more honor to her than obeying her Son.
What I take from our good pope’s comment, is if we obey her Son, we will acknowledge the gift of seeing Mary as presented to the Church as the holy example of motherhood, with true yet mystical connections to all of us who love Jesus.
And those who truly deny this in their heart, have a fundamental rejection of a healthy relationship with Jesus. That being said, some genuine Christians are hardened by a fear of idolatry after seeing Catholics boast about their devotion to Mary while behaving contrary to the Gospel commands. They may have a certain level of respect to her as a mother of all Christians, but are resentfull to bad examples and hypocrates from within the Catholic faithfull.