First of all, don’t go to anti-Catholic websites expecting to read the truth about Catholic worship, beliefs, practices. They exist merely to pass along misinformation intended to confuse the faithful Catholic and to bolster their own skewed understanding of Catholic teaching.
" They [Catholics] have been cleverly taught to believe that they do not worship these idols; they simply “venerate” them. The problem is that “veneration” still gives honor and reverence to something and/or someone other than God; therefore, veneration is idolatry."
See how this is worded? Right off it’s an attack on our Magisterium accusing them of deceiving us Catholics. Pretty rude and scudszy if you ask me. If we were to make the same accusations against their ministers I’m sure they’d be deeply offended.
Also, conflating words that mean very different things is not an agrument for anything–again, it’s an accusation and accusations are not arguments/points of evidence.
After reading the page the only real argument I could find was last statement. So my question is: Does giving honor and reverence to something and/or someone other than God mean we are committing idolatry why or why not?
This is not a “real agrument” for anything, as I stated above. They deliberately misuse the words veneration and idolatry, pretending they mean the same thing when they absolutely do not.
Idolatry is worshiping someone or something instead of God. They define worship as prayer, again making two very different words mean the same thing. But prayer alone is not worship. Worship requires a sacrfice, which is the sin the Hebrews committed when they made the golden calf and offered sacrifice to it. Making of images is not idolatry in and of itself. It is when offerings are made to it that it becomes idolatry. Understanding this shows that veneration is not idolatry for Catholics do not offer sacrifices to anyone but God and that sacrifice is the one sacrifice of Christ offered on our altars.
Veneration is merely honoring someone for their merits. It’s like handing out trophies to a winning team or telling loved ones that we care for them or being respectful to a government leader. We certainly aren’t worshiping in any of those circumstances nor are we offering worship merely by asking for the intercession and heavenly aid of the saints.