“Worship God” – Rev. 22:9; Heb. 1:6
Do Catholics worship only God or do they also worship Mary, the mother of Jesus? During the flak over the singer Madonna’s use of Christian symbols in her concerts, a Roman Catholic cardinal whose name is Miloslav Vlk said the following:
“In a few years, nobody will know who the singer Madonna is, but the true Madonna will still be worshiped.”
The cardinal’s statement caught me a little off guard because I didn’t know that Catholics had gone so far as to say that they worship Mary. I thought that they certainly held her up in an elevated position by praying to her and giving devotion to her through their teaching of the immaculate conception (which says that Mary, while still being fully human, was miraculously spared from receiving original sin when conceived by her parents), but this admission by a Catholic cardinal, that Mary is deity, unveils the steadily advancing position being given to Mary by many Catholics. In my discussions with Catholics, the line has been that Mary is Jesus’ mother and she still has a special place with Him and, hey, who better than Mary to come before God on your behalf? But this is different.
The Catholic cardinal from Prague said that Mary will be worshiped. And the truth is that Catholics worship Mary now. This teaching and this practice is divisive for those who believe in God. The Bible says to “worship God.” I don’t mean any disrespect to Mary because her place in God’s plan is a place of honor (Lk. 1:28). Mary is not God and people who call themselves christian ought to know better.