Hi, Paul —
Thanks for the question/comment.
Your e-mail implies that Catholics
worship Mother Mary. Who ever told
you that is either:
- an uneducated Catholic, or
- an anti-Catholic
Catholics worship God alone. We honor
well as other saints. We hold
Mary in a special place
of honor because of her
special role in our salvation,
don't worship Mary.
Mother Mary and the saints are helpful
to Christians on earth as role models,
as attested to in Hebrews below.
The author of Hebrews 13:7 is not
undermining the sole mediator of
Because it is a family affair.
Remember your leaders, who preached
the word of God to you, and as
you reflect on the outcome of
their lives, take their faith
as your model.
has categorically said that anyone
who says anything more or different
than what the Apostles have said,
is not coming from God.
You will find nothing that the Church
teaches, that does not come from
the Apostles, in at least seed form.
There is a growth in the Church and
development that occurs over time;
it's not a change from what the Apostles
The Protestant reformers didn't want
development; they wanted to change
and throw out teachings. One of the
reasons Jesus established the Papacy
in the Church was so His Prime Minister,
the Pope, would be there throughout
the ages to protect and safeguard
all Catholic Teachings Jesus desired
his faithful members to believe.
Hope this helps,