Recently, the Roman pope celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and observed, “These two women—Mary and the Church [the Catholic Church]—carry on the hope that is Christ, they give us Christ, they bring forth Christ in us. Without Mary, there would be no Jesus Christ; without the Church, we cannot go forward… today we can go forward with a hope: the hope that our Mother Mary, steadfast at the Cross, and our Holy Mother, the hierarchical Church, give us” (Vatican Radio, September 15, 2014).
For centuries Catholic popes have been known for their “Mariology”—resulting in the veneration and virtual deification of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Mary was “blessed” among women, being granted the privilege of carrying and raising the Son of God (Luke 1:42), but nowhere are we commanded to worship any person—including Mary! The Bible states that Christ alone is holy (Revelation 15:4) and worthy of worship. It is not “through Mary” that we come to Christ, it is through a calling from God that we are brought to Christ (John 6:44). And it is through Christ that we have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18). The Bible also states that Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).We must never allow human beings, no matter how excellent their example, to be venerated or placed equal with Christ or the Father.
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