Thank you for your charitable response… I post this to help with our teaching so people may have a better understanding of Catholicism and many read the forum but don’t post. God bless.
"People who oppose religious statuary forget about the many passages where the Lord commands the making of statues… (part of article deleted due to character limit on the forum)
David gave Solomon the plan “for the altar of incense made of refined gold, and its weight; also his plan for the golden chariot of the cherubim that spread their wings and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord. All this he made clear by the writing of the hand of the Lord concerning it all, all the work to be done according to the plan” (1 Chr. 28:18–19). David’s plan for the temple, which the biblical author tells us was “by the writing of the hand of the Lord concerning it all,” included statues of angels.
Similarly Ezekiel 41:17–18 describes graven (carved) images in the idealized temple he was shown in a vision, for he writes, “On the walls round about in the inner room and [on] the nave were carved likenesses of cherubim.”
The Religious Uses of Images
During a plague of serpents sent to punish the Israelites during the exodus, God told Moses to “make [a statue of] a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and every one who is bitten, when he sees it shall live. So Moses made a bronze serpent, and set it on a pole; and if a serpent bit any man, he would look at the bronze serpent and live” (Num. 21:8–9).
One had to look at the bronze statue of the serpent to be healed, which shows that statues could be used ritually, not merely as religious decorations.
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Many reasons. First, let me say that I believe that Catholicism gets a lot of things right, like the inspiration of the Bible and the Trinity. I don’t think it’s got the full package, though. It rejects Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide; I have a problem with that. Another thing I don’t agree with is iconography and statues. It takes the mind away from focusing of God. Lastly, the devotion towards Mary I find to be blasphemous. It’s nothing but idolatry. Nothing could be more obvious than that.