Catholics do not worship statues . . .

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Do Catholics worship statues or images?

No.

Catholics use statues, paintings, and other artistic devices to recall the person or thing depicted. Just as it helps to remember one’s mother by looking at her photograph, so it helps to recall the example of the saints by looking at pictures or statues of them.

Catholics also use statues as teaching tools. In the early Church they were especially useful for the instruction of the illiterate. Many Protestants have pictures of Jesus and other Bible pictures in Sunday school for teaching certain people and have three-dimensional nativity scenes at Christmas.

God forbids the worship of images as gods, but he doesn’t ban the making of images. If he had, religious movies, videos, photographs, paintings, and all similar things would be banned. It is when people begin to adore a statue as a god that the Lord becomes angry. Thus when people did…

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Anti-Catholicism: the last acceptable prejudice?

Great article dealing with the incessant Protestant argument regarding so-called “Catholic statue worship”.

All Along the Watchtower

Bosco has been joined here by a fellow infallibilist – that is one who believes that his own, personal interpretation of Scripture is infallible. They both tell us that bowing is an act of worship, and when told that it is an act of veneration, insist it is an act of worship. This is not, one suspects, the best way to argue their point; insisting one is right without an argument other than ‘bowing is worship’ rather cuts off the possibility of dialogue.

But let us turn to Scripture for guidance. Let me take a few examples.

Luke 24:4-5New King James Version (NKJV)

And it happened, as they were greatly[a] perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, “Why do you seek the…

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All Along the Watchtower

The view of some strict Protestants that no images are permitted in church whatsoever (even the cross), stems from their reading of Exodus 20:4, one of the Ten Commandments.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

The verse before it provides context, and many understand the two verses as forming a single unit, verse 4 listing practices associated with verse 3.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Verse 3 is very important for understanding the covenant community in the Bible (Israel and the Church), and for understanding salvation. Salvation comes from Yahweh, the God of Israel, and Yahweh alone. He achieved it on the Cross in the Person of the Son, Jesus the Messiah, which is why Peter declared of…

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