you Catholics do is worship saints and statues. I left the Catholic Church
for that reason.
ike many persons in the Catholic
Church you must have had parents who never taught you anything about theology,
probably because they never understood it
themselves. And the sad thing is that in their failure you end up not
In Latin, the language through
which the Church defined (and still defines) her theology, the word for
worship is latria. And in Catholic theology, latria
is reserved for God alone. Worship of anything other than God is a sort of
adultery to God and is called idolatry, the worship of idols.
But another Latin word,
dulia, refers to something less than worship and something more than
respect, something of great reverence and supplication. In Latin secular
usage, the word refers to the sort of respect one would have given to a great
government official. But in its theological sense it refers to the great
honor we give to the saints, those who have gone before us to their everlasting
reward. And the Blessed Virgin Mary, the greatest of all the saints, accordingly
receives our hyperdulia, the greatest of respect of all the saints.
But it is never worship.