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Do Catholics emphasize Mary too much?

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Aren’t Protestants justified in talking about Catholic excesses in honoring Mary to the exclusion of Jesus? I just watched a video entitled Catholicism: Crisis of Faith. One scene shows a statue Mary, instead of Jesus, crucified on the cross behind the altar. Who was it that died for our Redemption anyway, Jesus or Mary?

Answer

Jesus died for our Redemption. Scripture tells us, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Heb. 4:12).

Protestants (and Catholics!) are justified in criticizing instances in which some Catholics honor Mary to the exclusion of Jesus (see This Rock, May 1994), but this isn’t one of those instances. The video you mention sets a new low for anti-Catholic rhetoric, and this scene is typical.

The statue of the woman on the cross is real, but it isn’t a statue of the Blessed Mother. Located in a monastery in Quito, Ecuador, the statue is of a saint known as Santa Liberata or “she who received the liberation.” It is said that her father, a Portuguese prince, wanted her to marry a non-Christian and corrupt prince. When she refused her fathers wishes, he ordered her crucified.

This is not an instance of “Mariolatry” but rather a fitting tribute to young martyr who would rather die than betray her Savior. For her fidelity to Christ, she shared in the same kind of death he did, as have numerous other martyrs throughout Christian history (such as many of the Japanese martyrs).










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  1. Jason Reply

    Mary was the first who was converted to her son. She gave birth to Jesus. Among all human beings she was chosen to give birth to our Lord. Does your mother gave to Jesus? No! She said Yes to God’s Will as Eve said No to god’s Will. Jesus loved his mother. He said I give you my mother to you before he died. When Angle Gabrielle greeted Mary he said: Mary full of Grace. We have tons of times Mary’s name was mentioned in the Bible. Saint Joseph dies just few years after Jesus was born. Mary was always with Jesus. She was there when Jesus is back and he sends the Holy spirit only to the chosen ones. Mary was risen with her body to heaven. She was born without any sins….you have so many great things about Mary mentioned in the Bible. She does deserve some recognitions. Why god even bother to send Angles or even a mother to give birth to our saviour our Lord Jesus? Jesus was a good son, he loved his mother. Disrespecting his mother is like dis respecting our Lord!!!

  2. I.SUSAI CUREDARS Reply

    PROTESTANTISM ACCORDING TO ME IS MERE PRODIGALISM; MARTIN LUTHER, KING HENRY VIII OR CALVIN AND OTHERS, ALL WERE CATHOLICS ONCE AND HELD RESPONSIBLE POSITIONS IN THE CLERGY AND AS KING. THEY RAN AWAY FROM THE PARENTAL HOUSE AND STARTED FINDING FAULT WITH THE PARENTS(READ CATHOLICISM), CRITICISING THEM, MAKING FUN OF THEM AND DISRESPECTING THEM, THE MOTHER CHURCH. JESUS BUILT THE CHURCH ON ST.PETER NOT ON LUTHER OR OTHERS WHO REVOLTED AGAINST MOTHER CHURCH AFTER MANY CENTURIES AFTER ST.PETER. IT IS EASIER TO PREACH THAN TO PRACTISE. SONS AND DAUGHTERS WHO MAKE FUN OF THEIR OWN PARENTS AFTER BREAKING AWAY OR RUNNING AWAY, ARE CALLED PRODIGALS. THEY SHOULD COME TO THEIR SENSE AND COME BACK TO MOTHER CHURCH ONE DAY OR THE OTHER.

    1. MattanzaMafiaFedora Reply

      The reformation came about due to corruption in the Catholic Church, and no one is out to disrespect Mary at all. But that argument is basically just Cat Theology.

      Mary was a virgin woman whom God blessed with the greatest of honours, not because she was better than you or I but because Mary was loved to the same extent God loves all his children, despite our innate human flaws.

      The Catholic Church has infamously made documents that benefit it’s officials and are the works of men who have been all too corrupt in their desires for power and wealth. No other church is without it’s dark side, the true Universal Church is wherever there are men and women who have the Holy Spirit living inside them and acting in their lives.

  3. catstclair12000 Reply

    Certainly Mary is not the fourth member of the Godhead nor is she to be honored above Christ. Some Catholics elevate her too high and most Protestants make her almost an after-thought. I think of her in this way: God chose to redeem us in the same way that Satan sought to ruin us-through a woman. Eve’s disobedience lost us in Original Sin. Mary, through her obedience, brought us the Redeemer who restored us to God. We owe her a great debt because our salvation came through her. If we are commanded to honor our own parents, how much more should we emulate Christ and love and honor Mary, His Mother?

    1. Yms Reply

      Amen!

    2. CWS Reply

      Mary is the MOST holy of ANY human person who ever is or was; after our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ who was both DIVINE -&- MAN.

  4. Protesting Protestant Reply

    I have seen Mary referred to as co-Redemptrix and the way that many lay Catholics pray to her, the natural conclusion of what is being taught elevates Mary to virtual God-head status. Although Mary was chosen by God for this task, that does not mean she is necessarily special – for doesn’t God specifically say to the Jews that they were not chosen because they were a great nation, but precisely because they were the least of all peoples? The whole “Treasury of Merit” and how the Church supposedly controls the dispensation of grace is not only unbiblical, but cruel. If the Pope has the ability to empty the Treasury of Merit and free many souls supposedly in Purgatory, would not love and mercy compel him to do all he can immediately? I find little to be commended about the Church, although many individual Catholics live quite commendable lives …

  5. Frankie 7 angels Reply

    First and for most God should be number one in our lives that being said by honoring Mary we honor her son by dedicating ourselves to her we find the most sure path to Christ not the only one but the most surest. It is a false thinking among Catholics propagated by Lucifer that to honor Mary to much is wrong. Lucifer does this to bring divisions among us Catholics from there he strives to split us from the mother church and so forth just look at the world it is full of Christian churches that split and split daily claiming differnt visions proclaiming the catholic church in the wrong and every church they join is wrong so they start their own christian church gather followers and then some one splits from them. This of course all started with Martin Luther who instead of working to heal the church within took it upon himself to cause dissension.

    1. Protesting Protestant Reply

      Marti Luther desired to reform the Catholic Church from within, not split from it. It was not his desire to start another church and ’cause dissension.’ In fact, it was the Pope who excommunicated him and wanted to put him to death that caused him to have to split away. Ultimately, when the Catholic Church issued the papal bull that said that “anyone who says justification is by faith alone, let him be anathema,” it anathematized itself ad ceased being the true church. There needs to be the light of truth shined on this little corner of Catholic heresy that has been covered up and blamed on Martin Luther for half a millennia. One final note – how can you seriously mock the number of protestant denominations when the Catholic church allows so many varying beliefs within it that are essentially contradictory. Does truth not matter?

      1. eltrion Reply

        Sola Fidei of protestans church is contradicts with Sola Scriptura. And Sola Scriptura contradict with what the scriptures said.
        Let me point some:
        James 2:24 (WEB) You see then that by works, a man is justified, and not only by faith.
        2 Thessalonians 2:15 (WEB) So then, brothers, stand firm, and hold the traditions which you were taught by us, whether by word, or by letter.
        And St. Paul wrote:
        Galatians 1:8-9 (WEB) But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any “good news" other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed.
        As we have said before, so I now say again: if any man preaches to you any “good news" other than that which you received, let him be cursed.
        And then Jesus said:
        John 10:16 (WEB) I have other sheep, which are not of this fold.I must bring them also, and they will hear my voice. They will become one flock with one shepherd.
        And Paul said:
        Romans 12:4 (WEB) For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don’t have the same function,
        The Catholic Church is never violate what scripute said about different functions within her body, but never different beliefs.
        There are 4 caracteristic of the Church wich Jesus found and we always acknowledge it in our Credo: One, Holy, Catholic (universal) and Apostolic.
        Jesus found only One Church under One Sheperd, which is Peter and his successors,
        Holy for Matthew 5:48 (WEB) Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
        Catholic or Universal in the doctrines taught by it, so to accept One single sepherd guarding the wholeness of doctrines, means accepting the wholeness of the doctrines.
        Apostolic means its teaching can always be traced to the Apostles teaching, and the clerical genealogy can be traced to the Apostle, especially St. Peter’s Sepherd Office. Jesus gave Peter the authority as a sheperd, which can be traced in:
        John 21:15-17 (WEB) So when they had eaten their breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you." He said to him, “Feed my lambs."
        He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love me?" He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I have affection for you." He said to him, “Tend my sheep."
        He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you have affection for me?" Peter was grieved because he asked him the third time, “Do you have affection for me?" He said to him, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I have affection for you." Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
        And the authority to make laws:
        Matthew 16:18-19 (WEB) I also tell you that you are Peter,and on this rock I will build my assembly, and the gates of Hadeswill not prevail against it.
        I will give to you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven; and whatever you release on earth will have been released in heaven."
        So are you going to deny those scriptures?
        Are you going to modify what the scripture has taught?

      2. jeremias Reply

        Because he taught heresy. Man is not justified by faith alone. I’ll give you these 2 verses. It helped me a lot. Before I also thought that Martin Luther is right but when I watched Catholic Answers’ videos, all my doubts to the church had gone. Romans 2:6 , James 2:24

        1. Protesting Protestant Reply

          If you actually look at the context of the verses you quote and understand that you must reconcile scripture with scripture, you will see that these verses do not say what you assume they do. First, look at James 2, “For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it” – so unless you are perfect in your law-keeping, in your good works, you are guilty of it all. Unattainable perfection is the requirement if it is not by faith alone.

          Second, by faith alone does not mean by a faith that stays alone. Genuine faith corresponds with new life, which grows. Good works are an evidence for the new birth – not a condition of it. So good works can be used as evidence that one has truly trusted by faith. But if it is a condition of the new birth, one cannot lower the requirements of a holy God. Either we are fully saved by the perfect, completed work of Christ on our behalf, or we must achieve perfection on our own before we get it.

          The Catholic doctrine is a false gospel, the thoughts of man superimposed on scripture. The only basis for my acceptance – initial, intermediate, and final – by God is what Christ accomplished in his life, death, resurrection and priestly function in the heavenly sanctuary when he offered his own blood once for all for all the saints – i.e. every Christian.

          The Treasury of Merit, penance, venial and mortal sins, and justification based on sanctification are all extra-biblical additions of tradition – that is, man-made religion. It is a false gospel. Mariolatry is heresy upon error.

  6. MILLIE MANG Reply

    YOU COULDN’T POSSIBLY HONOR OUR LADY TOO MUCH, FOR WHEN YOU DO, SHE SIMPLY LEADS YOU CLOSER TO HER SON. THANK YOU, DEAR MOTHER, FOR NOW I LOVE HIM MORE THAN EVER! HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD, PRAY FOR US SINNERS NOW AND AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH!

  7. Peter Clemens Reply

    I write in 4 forums, 3 of them non-Catholic. Protestants are obsessed with Mary for that is all they want to talk about. They see her as an obstacle, not a vehicle.

  8. Vedaste MICOMYIZA Reply

    we must be aware of the anti-catholic strategies scattered all around. let have faith as catholic and we let them talk whatever they want.

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