Idol Worship

by Vergilius Preath Raj
(Coimbatore, TN, India)

QUESTION: What are the Catholic views about Idol Worship? We have an idol at house of Lord Jesus Christ on the Holy Cross and also one of Mother Mary and we also have a procession in our church carrying the idol of Mother Mary on September 8, annually celebrating Mother's feast. Few people from other sects of Christianity say that idol worship is sin and that it is written in the Bible. I am confused about this. Please guide me.

ANSWER: "Idol worship" is when we give worship that is due to God alone to other people or objects. God alone deserves worship.

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew people were once guilty of idol worship when they adored/worshipped a statue of a golden calf.

This does not mean, however, that we Catholics cannot give due respect and veneration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints. We Catholics venerate and honor Mary - not worship her.

When a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the saints, are displayed in Church, or are carried in a procession, it is meant to remind Catholics to respect the Mother of God - in the same way that Jesus respected her.

We do NOT in any way worship Mary, or the statues that represent her. It is the same as when you carry the picture of your loved one (for example, your husband, wife, or children) in your wallet. Do you worship your husband, wife or children? Of course not. The picture only serves to REMIND you of your loved ones.

It is the same with statues of the Virgin Mary and the saints. These serve to simply REMIND us of Mary, and encourage us to venerate and honor her - not to worship her.

You only commit the sin of "idol worship" when you mistakenly consider Mary, or any of the saints, as a God or Goddess. It is clear from Catholic doctrine, however, that as Catholics, we do NOT worship Mary, but merely venerate and honor her.

Comments for Idol Worship

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

May 18, 2016
Case Study Writer NEW
by: Case Study Writer

Thank you for providing such a detailed article on the issue! It clarified many things for me.

Dec 25, 2015
Stop worshiping Mary NEW
by: Anonymous

Catholics worship Mary every time they say "hail Mary" I was catholic once too. Catholics go to Mary because they are told she has the "ear" of Jesus. STOP IT people We all have the ear of Jesus. HE is the great high Priest!!!!! You pray to the Father in Jesus Name. Mary confirms that direction in the Book of John at the wedding when she tells Jesus they are out of wine. She says to the servants (that's us) "Do whatever HE tells you to do" End Of....

Oct 27, 2015
Cost Accounting Homework Help NEW
by: Mike Jasson

yeah it was such an awesome blog that i have updated.. :)
Cost Accounting Homework Help

Oct 27, 2015
Social Issues Sociology Help NEW
by: Aric Taisan

That is fantastic blog, I will pas this to the other peoples.
Social Issues Sociology Help

Oct 27, 2015
Case Study Analysis NEW
by: Eden Carter

Case Study Analysis, A case study evaluation needs one to address the company’s issue, analyze the alternate options, and propose the best answer using supporting evidence.
Case Study Analysis

Oct 27, 2015
Ghostwriting Services Help NEW
by: Brian Joseph

This is really a great stuff for sharing. Keep it up .Thanks for sharing.
Ghostwriting Services Help

Oct 27, 2015
HR Assignment Help Online NEW
by: Jack Terance

I hope everyone like this information they shared as I do. Really great information.
HR Assignment Help Online

Oct 27, 2015
Term Papers Assignment Help NEW
by: Wilson Larrie

Term Papers Assignment and Online Homework Help Term Papers Everyday a large number of students from around the globe face challenges in their academics.
Term Papers Assignment Help

Oct 03, 2015
Intermountain NEW
by: Anonymous

Intermountain Supplements can help your dreams of having your own product come alive. Intermountain Supplements offers a wide variety of custom formulation services including liquids, capsules, sprays, powders, and more.

Aug 21, 2015
Positive NEW
by: Anonymous

Here is things for allot of reasons because we should make some thing unique and awesome here. Aaron Paul black leather Jacket

Aug 08, 2015
Flowers NEW
by: Anonymous

Flowers are really have to make a love and this is really good things for allot of site Captain America Civil War Scarlet Witch Jacket

Aug 08, 2015
by: Anonymous

Here we have to control our self for doing bad things , we the people are made for things positive Manta

Aug 05, 2015
Essay NEW
by: Anonymous

Informative post lot new thing getting a great
pay for essays written chance for it.Assignment for that it is useful lot of chance for it.

Aug 03, 2015
Idol Worship NEW
by: utoria

I am thinking about this blog information. These educational reviews are useful to create more essays. Anyone want writing a college essay using this information, please try them. They can do anything because of these essays are so much helpful to them.

Jul 21, 2015
Find Music School in Sydney NEW
by: Anonymous

Forte schools offer a FREE trial lessons for classes and some offer Learn Piano, Guitar, Singing, Find Music School in Sydney, Saxophone, Flute, Violin, Drums and More a Free Trial private lesson.

Mar 21, 2015
That was an incredible answer NEW
by: Anonymous

That was an incredible answer to the question. The same question runs in my mind since years and i was in a confused state. I believe in Jesus a lot, mean while i also admire mother Mary. But worshiping her is a sin. There's one and only god almighty, whom we need to worship. I work with statistics assignment help and found this wonderful share. Mother is like a bridge between lord and us who carries our prayers to him. this is what i believe.

Feb 18, 2015
I am a hindu NEW
by: bisla

I never had given any thought to this until now. The reason is simple. I am a Hindu. This simple fact has let me live a life of my own and I never had to worry about any religious things that I will have to do by sacrificing my own happiness. Castleton Law

Jan 11, 2015
Idol worshipers NEW
by: Boatey Godfred

How can we bring something dat is abomination to our Father(God)
who is that Mary image?
who is that Jesus Christ image?
Deceiving is a device that the devi is using
2corint 2
Acts17:29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
whatsapp line :+233542594154

Dec 30, 2014
Brain Washed NEW
by: Anonymous

The pictures in your wallets or for your benefit and to show them off to others but you do not put them on display nor do you ask others to venerate your love one. Your savior never asked you to do any such thing and he loved her more than you but you guys will worship any thing, you worship movie stars, a program called American idol. He said worship the creator not the created. Humans tend to worship any and everything, just look around we know the difference but we try to look holy in following what others or doing, some knowing better and others are ignorant but never try to find out for themselves. It's simply called Brain Washed

Jan 11, 2014
worshipping mother mary and the saints is 100% idol worship without any doubt NEW
by: Anonymous

JESUS is the true SAVIOUR of the world.In the bible,its mentioned clearly that we should not worship or bow down to any graven image of any likeness including 'mother mary' and the 'saints'.By
worshipping mother mary and the saints,catholics violate the commandment of God which mentions clearly that idol worship is sin.The children of Israel committed sin in the wilderness by bowing down to a statue of the golden calf.What is happening presently among christians is a crude reflection of the idol worship of the children of Israel.

Dec 12, 2013
The Blessed Virgin Mary NEW
by: Racelie

I was born and raised a catholic. I am currently attending the protestant church because I am married to a protestant. My husband and I attends both the catholic and protestant services when needed. Weddings and funerals. I fully respect the blessed Virgin Mary because she was chosen to be the mother of Christ mainly because she was immaculate and pure. I don't worship her but I honor her like I honor my parents. And remember, she raised Jesus Christ till he was nailed to the cross. The rosary is her request for peace throughout the world (evil) The world is in chaos because we that belongs to the world does not pray the rosary instead we only pray for our own intentions which to me is a very selfish disposition.

Apr 15, 2013
Marion Worship NEW
by: Denis

I don't know how you differentiate between the word worship or venerate. A lot of catholics have interchanged Mary with Jesus. I believe that the Catholic church is actually working towards recognising as Mary as God in that she was not subject to original sin and led a sinless life. I believe we can only pray thriugh Jesus and no other intermediary. As I read the Bible, death is a sleep and therefore intercessary prayers are of not value and there is no such thing as purgotory.

Mar 09, 2013
mary NEW
by: Anonymous

Mary has appeared in Lourdes and has called herself the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette, and also a miraculous picture of Mary still stands today in Guadalope, but can these visions be trusted?, Jesus called Mary women at the wedding of Cana and told her that his time had not come, yet he did the miricle of turning water to wine after Mary said to him they had ran out of wine, this tells me that Jesus consented to his mothers request this makes her a special women, also in the gospel of John Jesus says to John his disciple Behold your mother, I believe that because Jesus entrusted John to take care of his mother then the other followers would have called her and looked upon her as their mother also and would of loved her knowing she was Jesus's mother, therefore I believe that she is the mother of all who believe in Jesus.

Mar 06, 2013
bible NEW
by: Anonymous

I have seen catholics praying to the virgin Mary statue in the church and Jesus christ statue as well. They ask these statues for help and other things. I don't understand why they do this if in the bible it clearly saids that statues or idols have ears but cannot listen; have eyes but cannot see; have mouths but cannot speak.

Oct 09, 2012
Mary perfect or in need of salvation? NEW
by: Anonymous

I hear may Protestant preachers and teachers say that Mary was a sinner just like every one else. Is this true and if so could Mary have died in sin and went to hell?

Dec 14, 2010
Idol Worship...
by: Bruce

Images, statues, pictures, the Holy Crucifix are not models of "Idol Worship", but are simply reminders to inspire the faithful. The wonderful response and analogy from the editorial staff regarding carrying a picture in your wallet of your family and loved ones doesn't mean you worship them, only that it serves as a visual reminder of the ones you love. People are in essence visual...

May God bless you.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Catholic Answers.

Join Our Community!

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Catholic Newsletter.

Got a Prayer Request?

Click here to submit a prayer request!

[?]Subscribe To This Site
  • follow us in feedly
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Add to My MSN
  • Subscribe with Bloglines

Donate to this Site!

Help support Totus Tuus, Maria! Click here to donate.