Mariology –Part 2
Mariolatry is the theological name given to the worship of Mary. Roman Catholics take strong objection to being accused of worshipping Mary and would insist that such a label is an unfair representation of what they believe. However, what one believes on paper and what one practices in reality, are two different things!! To escape the charge of idolatry, Catholics have what is in effect a three tier level of devotion expressed to God (latria), Mary (hyperdulia) and the Saints (dulia). Yet when one turn to the Bible to search for such a pattern, one finds this distinction wanting!!
In this teaching part we examine this special devotion which Catholics afford to Mary as is expressed in the prayers offered up to her by countless millions of Roman Catholics worldwide. We examine the messages of those claiming to have received apparitions of Mary at some of the major Marian shrines in the world today. Would the humble handmaid of the Lord ever allow herself to be the object of love and devotion? We endeavour in this teaching to explore this question along with many others.
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