Hello all, I was raised a protestant specifically methodist/Baptist. And I have felt for a while drawn to the catholic church, I expressed interest to my parents that I would like to attend one just to see what it was like. Well they didn’t get angry at me, but just deeply expressed concern saying that Catholics worship mary/stautes/ and that they prayed to saints for intercession in the world, and that the Pope is infaliable etc.
And that the whole thing seems very idolatrous to them.
From what little studying I have done, the vast majority of Catholics dont have that vision of there practices st all. They would say that it’s a misconception.
The one that stuck with me when I tried to defend some of these practices was the reply they gave:
“that a hindu that bows before and worships a stone idol , the hindu would say and understand that the stone itself is not literally a god, but its image represents the god. So it’s the same level of idolatry”
I’m dont think they have this right, but I wasn’t sure how to respond to them.
The other point that really stuck in my gut was them saying :
“Why pray to anyone other than God/jesus, if you pray to a saint or Mary, who then asks God, is it not just more efficient to pray directly to God? And avoid the whole potential accidental worship?”
I am a grown man living on my own so I thought about going to a catholic church any way. But I wanted to clear up these questions before jumping in too far