Jesus said “Judge not, lest you be judged.” (Matt 7:1) This is not a prohibition against recognizing the faults of others, which would be hardly compatible with Matthew 7:5, 6 but against passing judgment in a spirit of arrogance, forgetful of one’s own faults.
I am asking, so that we don’t have to fight with you, that you can take a step and try to understand what Catholics really do, rather than ascribing your own interpretation of what we do. This is sort of like saying that your pet smiled at you. So, if you want to know what Catholics mean when they do or say something, ASK ONE. Don’t depend on some ex-Catholic or Joel Osteen, or Oprah, or the secular news. Also, it’s not a good idea to lump us all together. That, in and of itself, is like racism or sexism.
First off, we do not worship Mary. Worship is a broad word. Not in the sense that you mean it. There are three words for worship which mean different things. Worship reserved for God alone = latria in Latin. Worship for people = respect= dulia in Latin. Worship for Mary = hyperdulia. Note that this is not a form of latria. It’s an elevated form of dulia. She is the most exalted of all God’s creature. (Creature is something God created.) Also, many of you say we honor Mary “too much”. This is vague. What’s “just enough”? Because many of you Protestants don’t honor her at all, other than singing “Round yon virgin mother and child” at Christmas. So what is your idea of “just enough”?
There are four dogmas concerning Mary. 1)She was born sinless. 2)She was a virgin throughout her life. 3) She is the Mother of God. 4)She was assumed body and soul into heaven. You say “prove it”? We can. It’s written. Not in the Bible, but in Christian Tradition, which was accepted even by Martin Luther, who had a great Marian devotion. See, we don’t play by your rules, but by the rules of Jesus and his appointed apostles. There was living tradition before there were gospels and letters. In fact, most of the letters predate the gospels. So before there was the written word of God, there was the spoken word of God. The apostles were the interpreters of both of these, and they made up the first magisterium. The apostles appointed successors, and by the laying on of hands, placed the Holy Spirit over them to guard them from error. Today’s bishops are successors to the apostles, and carry the same gift of the Holy Spirit in matters of faith and morals. To this day we still have Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium to rely on.
At any rate, dear separated brothers and sisters in Christ, please ask. We’ll tell you. We’re basically honest people. We worship God-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We do it our way. As for the basics, I will never try to tell you you’re going to hell for worshipping the way you do. We don’t believe we have the understanding required to make that call. That’s a management decision. We here on earth are in sales. Now, when you look at how we worship God, and try to tell us we’re not doing it the right way, I have a problem with that, and will go to your blog and tell you so.
A servant of God and Christ