I’ll make this quick, CATHOLICS WORSHIP BLESSED MARY! Get over it already.
I wrote this years ago, I just used cut and paste below:
"First lets define what pray, worship, venerate and adore mean to Roman Catholics as it is often used differently by Protestants or even foreigners in our country. I used ‘Merriam Webster’s Dictionary’ for definitions as needed.
Pray means ‘to ask’ or make a humble request. By this definition prayer does not have to be directed to God alone. So Roman Catholics do pray to Blessed Mary since it is only a humble request and nothing more.
Worship means reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; an act of expressing such reverence, a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual, extravagant respect or admiration or devotion. By definition we can worship someone deserving of our admiration or devotion even though they are not God by any means. We can also worship God. So Roman Catholics do worship God and worship Blessed Mary also. There is nothing at all wrong with this Tradition using this definition. Catholics DO NOT worship Mary the way …[Protestants] …worship God.
Venerate means to regard with reverential respect or with admiring deference or to honor with a ritual act of devotion. Based on this Roman Catholics do in fact venerate Blessed Mary as well as our parents, great people in history like the apostles, and Christian martyrs. These people have a special place in our hearts.
Adore means to worship or honor as a deity or as divine with loving admiration and devotion. Based on this definition Roman Catholics adore God and God alone!
Honor a showing of usually merited respect or one whose worth brings respect or fame. Catholics honor Mary. Why do …[Protestants]…not?"
So you see, the Catholic Church is 2,000 years old and has used words since before the language (and Protestants) changed the meanings to those words. If we use an historical use of the word worship it can be applied to humans. Catholics often use the word with an older definition while Protestants only use it in their modified and limited form to apply to God. Protestants use the same words Catholics do but with a different meaning. If we use the same words the same way then we must first define those words.
If we use the Protestant definition of worship then Catholics do not worship Blessed Mary. If we use the Catholic definition then Protestants do worship Blessed Mary.
The word “worship” is not the problem here, it is Catholics and Protestants using it with two drastically different meanings.
I heard this from a Protestant friend last year, “You Catholics call it Good Friday. They killed Jesus on that day, what could possibly be good about it?”
Answer for Protestant friend, “Good” used to mean “holy” thus “Good Friday”.
People need to read the dictionary and learn the history of words before they try to use the word.
Add some words that below that Catholics use diferently then Protestanst. I’ll start:
“Cult” (as in cult of Saints)