Do Catholics Worship Idols?


You can’t bring back traditions As Catholics, we love our traditions. Whether it be festivals and processions, praying
devotionals like the rosary, wearing funny clothes for worship, or fasting on certain
days of the week, we’ve continued to hold to certain practices for centuries. It’s kind of our thing. We love them so much, in fact, that when we
find that a tradition of old has fallen by the wayside, we go out of our way to bring
it back from the dead, reviving it and reinserting it into our regular lives. The sign of peace, vernacular in worship,
and permanent diaconate were lost to history for centuries, but Vatican II made them the
norm again. The Latin Mass and traditional disciplines
of the Church were by and large abandoned in the 60s, but there are men joining traditional
societies in droves today in an attempt to revive them. Even I’m a part of this. While most men and women religious moved away
from visible signs of identity in the 1970s and 80s, I wear my habit almost constantly,
trying to bring newness to this symbol of our life. In these, and in so many others ways, traditions
have come and gone in our church. After serving as the norm for centuries they
fall out of favor in one generation only to be brought back to existence by another. In looking at our Church as it is and studying
how it used to be, people often have a sense that something has been lost that needs to
be recovered. And there can be something very admirable
about this effort. Our Church is rich with traditions and customs,
prayers and rituals. For whatever reason, certain very good things
get neglected by a people of a certain time—maybe they don’t understand them, maybe they were
led astray by something else—and then they’re lost to history. Even after hundreds of years of doing the
same thing, even if it is a central piece of one’s faith and culture, it really takes
just one generation, one pastoral judgment, for something to disappear. The desire to honor and restore our past is
one of the greatest things about being Catholic. We know we are a part of something greater
than the fads of our present moment, something that connects us with Christians hundreds
of years apart. Yes, bringing back traditions of old is an
admirable endeavor. Of course, it’s an impossible and most-likely
misguided task, but admirable indeed. You see, while the idea of bringing back a
lost tradition of the Church may seem like an easy process—just find something we used
to do and start doing it again—there is a fundamental problem that is almost always
overlooked: Symbolic actions are always conditioned by the time in which they are experienced. We can bring back prayers, gestures, clothes,
festivals, whatever it is in its literal form, sure. We can start doing that thing again. But that doesn’t mean we can actually reinstitute
what that tradition meant to the people when it began. While certain things may seem old and “traditional”
to us, everything had a beginning. Everything was new and innovative at one point. Everything has a context, a world that influenced
and caused it be. To take a tradition, separate it from the
world that produced it, and place it in a completely different world, does not restore
a tradition. No… ironically enough, it begins a new one. Take the cassock for instance. Today, many seminarians and priestly societies
are re-instituting its normal use, choosing to wear it instead of a simple Roman collar. For them, it is a matter of looking to the
past when all priests wore this garment, and recovering what was lost. And in a literal sense, that’s what they’re
doing. But in a far more fundamental sense, they’re
not recovering the past at all, they’re starting something new. 300 years ago, the cassock was standard issue,
it was the only option. To wear one would have meant very little to
anyone. But to wear one today, one has to go out of
their way to find one or have it made. It’s not standard issue, it’s a statement;
it’s peculiar and counter-cultural even within the Church; it’s a symbol of the
traditionalist movement. And that’s not to place any judgment on
it one way or another. You may like seeing cassocks, you may not. That’s not the point. The point is that traditions have a context. They meant something to people long ago when
they were practiced. To take it out of its context and place it
within another world may restore the external in a literal sense, but at the end of the
day, it will always have a different meaning to a new generation, and thus, become a new
tradition. This is the case for anything brought back
from the past. There will always be a disconnect between
how it was experienced then, and how it is experienced now. What was just cool or normal back in the 1970s
is retro today. What was ordinary and overlooked long ago
is a blast of nostalgia today. The exact same thing can have completely different
meanings. It’s like the classic optical illusion of
color gradients. Take the exact same color block and put it
against different backgrounds, and it appears completely different. Traditions are interpreted and experienced
based on how they fit into the world around them. Is this to say that we shouldn’t look to
our past traditions, that once something is abandoned it should be left alone forever? No, not at all. I’m all for looking to our tradition and
connecting to our past. As a Church that has existed for 2000 years,
there is a wealth of wisdom just waiting to be uncovered, begging us to reconnect with
our roots. Some things were lost that need to be found,
and that’s why we have councils like Trent and Vatican II, to examine the sources, to
reconnect us with the fruit of our past. What I’m against is what a liturgy professor
of mine once called the “pick a century game,” a process in which we open up a history
book and just do what we see, a mindset where we say, “well they did it in the 12th century,
it was good in the early Church, therefore that’s what we should do.” This sort of recovering of tradition is neither
helpful nor fruitful. Just because something captured and expressed
a living faith in the 12th century, the early church, in 1945, whenever—just because it
was meaningful to a people at a certain time does not mean that it will be particularly
meaningful to us today. When we randomly extract traditions and artificially
place them upon our own world, without reference to how that symbol, practice, or gesture will
be experienced today, we do not recover the living tradition of our past, we simply use
old matter to create a new tradition today. Truly, no matter what the tradition is, it
will always be interpreted in a new way when practiced in a different context. There is no such thing as recovering a tradition
because we will never be able to recover the world in which it existed. It’s for this reason that our focus should
not be on the past, but on our present and future. What we need to do is look at our world today,
our Church today, our own faith today, and ask, “What is the most effective way to
live and share the unchangeable truth of Gospel today? Given how we live, act, interpret information,
worship; given our symbolic language, hopes, dreams, difficulties—what brings about the
most enriching life of faith?” That may mean reinstituting a tradition from
our past—not simply because it is old, but because what it would mean to us today makes
sense… or… it might mean starting an entirely new
tradition. As much as we are a people of traditions and
we like to look to the past, the fact of the matter is that we are a people of tradition
because we have always been a people willing to innovate—we are a people who do more
than just cling to the empty practices of our fathers and mothers of faith, but actually
create new traditions. To the extent that we do things simply because
they are old misses the reason why the people of old did them in the first place. In doing so, we ironically separate ourselves
from them, because they acted as a people of faith, living as disciples within their
context, while we act as curators of museums, holding onto what is old merely for posterity. Faith must be lived and expressed. There is no such thing as bringing back a
tradition in its entirety. All we can ever do is live our faith today,
using the practices, symbols, prayers, and gestures that make sense to us today. That’s what our fathers and mothers of faith
did before us, and it is the sort of Tradition that we should never lose.

100 comments

  1. Don't get blinded brother and sister. Mary is not God, she is just a earthly mother of Jesus. She has no authority to forgive your sins rather pray to Jesus.

  2. Wrong is wrong even giving different views and definitions…still LORD hates idols, Repent LORD JESUS CHRIST coming soon.

  3. The covenant of the Lord is not to be mistaken as image or images to be worshipped but an altar and a house of worship where the people of Israel will place their oblation and offerings. Though there were cherubs as specifically commanded by the Lord God to be made but HE didn't command Moses to tell the people of Israel to worship the images of cherubs as as HIM.

    So yeah catholics worship idols.

  4. I hope you wake up brothers and sisters i was once a Catholic but i read the scriptures and found out the truth, instead of asking other people ask God first through prayer, he is coming soon I hope you repent brothers and sisters and stary doing God's will, i don't hate you i love you that's why i tell you the truth read the scriptures daily.

  5. let`s know about christian & christianity,who is actually christian ?search THE LIGHT OF UNIVERSE and see part 1 to 7 details,after then you know to well.

  6. More talk, twisted explanation, just a sugar coated preaching. Nothing new in your explanation idolatry is idoltry it is clear in the law roman catholic have graven images of gods.

  7. That is God's instructions on making the tabernacle to people of Moses(old testament). Not instructions for us to do in any way. God have blessed and guided those people, whereas now, people can make thyself images and idols.

  8. Why Catholic had different images Jesus Christ, and different faces of Jesus Christ? They make statues of Mama Merry also, and other saints and also why priests they teaching super long prayer and they same praying the same sentences again and again while using the rosary?! Is in written in the Bible God not listening the long prayer. That kind of practices is look like a kind of manipulating people mind and manipulated how proper preaching and praying to our Father God. Because knows God already our needs and want's. So no need to pray they same sentences again and again and super long prayers. Because Jesus Christ he give us and teaching us already how to proper praying to our Holy almighty God Father.
    Their is no written in the Bible also that Mama Merry must be preaching like a God or the same like a Jesus Christ. And why some Catholic they used name Mama Merry and other idols and saints for their praying and preaching? Why they are not praying direct and preaching to our Lord Jesus Christ and Holy Almighty God Spirit? If they are true believed and servant of Jesus Christ and holy God spirit no need to use Name of Mama Merry or other saints and no need to bow our head and kneeled it front of any saints images if we praying. We must need to direct praying to our Lord Jesus Christ and God Holy Spirit that's it!
    Because Jesus Christ is the way, the
    truth and the life no one comes to the Father except by through Him..Amen 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  9. Wonderful video, Father! I can relate to the feeling that other Christians, who are brothers and sisters indeed, can misunderstand what each other believes. As an Anglican, I feel that a lot of the conflicts between the two communions since the 16th century has been based upon misunderstandings. I pray for the day when we are all fully reunited.

  10. Poor defense of your Roman Catholic Faith…Absolutely Contrary to Biblical Standards & Principles. Therefore, it’s Pagan & Satanic. (Galatians 1:8)… Shalom!

  11. Why pray to saints when you can directly pray to God. I believe that ones faith must be lacking if I don’t trust God fully. I am catholic, but I don’t agree with worshipping the saints. Just like my cousin who worship this one saint, because this saint whom she prayed religiously she believed is the one who cured her daughter. So God is gone in the picture. I am not saying everyone think that way. Depends on your maturity level and how deep your relationship is with God. I therefore conclude that God is everything and I don’t need to pray for other saints to help me with some other things. Regarding about saints, I viewed them as heroes who will be a good example for their extraordinary deeds, but not to be worshipped.

  12. I like your explanation very good explanation but there is one problems the Saints our Family in Christ have passed to live with Our Lord and Our God in the Book of Samuel When the King talked to Samuel after he passed a Saint he was Cursed for that action we are to not talk to the dead for we cannot talks to them it is Necromancy.

  13. oh okay so you figure you're above God so you can just change the commandments because you guys think that they sound alike and they're basically the same haha I'm so glad that Jesus saved me from the Catholic Church

  14. Also it's so funny to see these comments from people saying that they're not idol worshippers I grew up Catholic and I know exactly how it is because my family prays to those statues

  15. I always remember that religion won't save you. Pharisees follow the rules of their religion, but they were vile and hypocritical deep inside. When other religions judge ours, as I am Catholic, because of their "interpretation" of the Bible, these "righteous" people remind me of those pharisees. Lord left TWO SIMPLE RULES: love God and your neighbor. When someone argues, instead of debate, with me on this issue, I refused to take that battle because indeed, it is futile to talk to a wall. When I pray to God, I talk like a kid to his father. When I pray to saints and mother Mary, I talk like a kid to his family members.

    Thank you so much for this!

  16. I don't know which is right which is incorrect . All r fighting each other interpreting accordingly to suit someone pocket . Believers in Christ brings hatred to human kinds more than any.

  17. Mary is dead she can't hear you…there is only one mediator between man and God the man Jesus Christ himself..dnt pray to dead saints they can't hear you.The bible told us you shall not call no man "father" Except the one who created us..Im not speaking from my own opinion this is what the bible teach us.Thank you

  18. Im RC but I always doubt why many status in church ? Why burning candle inform of statue? Why some RC touch the statue and pray? Why some even kiss the statue? And on the good friday why we kiss the statue which is hang on the crucifix….? WHY?? Yes I see so many members of our church does in church. WHY?? Sometime ,RC looks like hindu who worship statue.

  19. It is said in the Scripture you shall not add or lessen any words of it. It means you should not change any thing. It is not an art sake. That is only an excuse. It is very clear that it is an act of worship. You omitted some context in your Bible. The whole story of the Bible originated from the Jews not from the Vatican. If God commanded to make an images of the cherubs it was all that it is. He did not say you also make an image of Mary, and the saints. Your knowledge is filled with flesh and not spiritually.

  20. Do not say " women are property " its too wrong . Man is nothing without women in the world . Please think about family , society and nation without women you cannot make it any mean ,with them everything is posible by side by side . So that there is story of Adem and Heve is important in Bible .

  21. Shalom, You do not add anything to the word which I command you, and do not subtract/take anything away from it, so that you obey the Commandments of Yahuwah your Elohim /God which I AM command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2, proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:18-19)
    There is a way which seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. (Proverbs 14:12)
    "My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your ways," says Yahuwah.
    "Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts are higher than your thoughts."
    Amen HalleluYah.
    From INDIA 🇮🇳💞🌹💖🌸💕🌷💝

  22. We, Catholics do worship God, Jesus Christ and the Blessed Holy Virgin Mary and like to show the images to our children! We also like Famous Artists' paintings and sculptures, like Michelangelo Buonarotti.and famous musicians.
    They can express their feelings not
    only trough words, but beyond preachings. We can feel the Love of Almighty God and Mother of God, we are praying to every day!

  23. For my opinion not the roman catholic is the first Christian but according to the bible the first Christian is the first gentiles believers when apostle paul spread the gospel of Lord Jesus Christ salvation and that time they were called the "roman empire" until they killed all the apostles and believers of Jesus and transform themselves and called the "holy roman empire" and bring idols to the world to worship

  24. 5:27 They are. Not in heaven, they are in the grave, the dead are dead
    For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished , and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun "Ecclesiastes 9: 5 and 6"
    Brothers, i may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried ,and his tomb is with us to this day. "Acts 2 : 29"
    For David did not ascend into heavens…. "Acts 2 : 34"
    Psalm 146 : 4 When his breath departs he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish
    Psalm 115:17 The dead do not praise the Lord, nor do any who go down into silence

  25. But your church is full of idols and you pray with beads and bow down to a man and kiss his ring, you pray to Mary, when the Bible states very clearly in John 14:6 Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me”. Yet you pray to the saints? With the money that the Vatican has can stop all starvation, we are supposed to be in the world not of it! Yet your pope is of the world very much he has a finger in every pie. Please compare the Bible with Catholic teachings, you speak of the Old Testament but Jesus Christ came and fulfilled the law and stated very clearly that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven and it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. Matthew 19:24 When Our Lord Jesus Christ was in the desert Satan came and told him to bow down to him and he will give him all the cities of the world and the Vatican is a city

  26. God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. So he can hear from anyone, anywhere whatsoever the languages which anyone pray to Him. But how saints can do the same when someone ask saints to intermediate for him in his prayer from somewhere? Are saints omnipresent? No!
    Besides Bible verse says
    1 Timothy 2:5

    For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

    JOHN 14:6

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

  27. 1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” ( not Mary not the saints)

  28. Why did catholic changed the commandments of God and make the way they want?.what quality do catholics have the ability to change the commandents and make the way they want?

  29. Read the book of Rebecca Brown. Title Prepare for a War. Table contents a Deception. .

    In Roman Catholic Christian theology, the Immaculate Conception is the conception of the Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her son Jesus. The Catholic Church teaches that God acted upon Mary in the first moment of her conception, keeping her "immaculate"

    Against in the word of God.
    And after the declaration pope says there is no salvation for those who will not believe in this dogma.

    In Christianity Christ alone saves.

  30. 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.

    Exodus 20:4

    Simple question, where this images live??

  31. Good way of teaching father, appreciation you way of teaching, when u refer earlier church it really very good..please keep referring to early church, so that we all will understand what church and traditions are, So the we can live the way church God intended than the traditions that pass on from 4th century… God bless you

  32. You may be right in what you are saying father Casey but many Roman Catholic dont do exactly what the Bible teaches. Bible never teaches us to worship Mary nor anything… The Bible teaches us not to have idols as a worship instruments… Bible teaches us only to pray to God not mary.. Bible teaches us Jesus can only save us and ensure us eternal life not through sacrament.. Bible teaches us that God can forgive our sins if we only confess to God and repent not by confessing to popes, Bishops, fathers or pastors..

  33. I strongly believe that catholism is not a cult. But that never mean they never did any wrong. The real reason for the Christianity division is some serious flaws that were detected and protested by Martin Luther King… Like selling sin purification certificates (I don't know the exact term) and even Bible never reached all the belivers and only the priests teachings were believed and followed. They are nothing but pure human innovations. all God want is distribution of gospal and purification of hearts. I don't think there is any wrong in getting inspiration from saints but asking them to mediate our prayers have any point because the one name we must prayer is in Jesus name. Praising,iand respecting mother Mary for her purity and being selected by God for his work is not wrong but constructing the faith around her is definitely not good. All i want to say is respect and get inspiration from saints but never ask them mediate your prayers. Because they can't do it in reality

  34. Im a roman Catholic..For me… I dont worship them… I just give them my respect and honor for all the good deeds they have done…

  35. Complete BS explanations. The second Commandment is very long and explicit. Lumping it in with the first castrates it’s power. You MUST use the Jewish Torah if there is a doubt. They had the covenant first. You don’t get to highjack it and change it. There is NO way Jesus Himself would approve of this blasphemy. He came to uphold the law, not change it.

  36. To have images of mary in the churches and worshipping with candles are biblical. That's a wrong theology to have any images in any form in the churches. To compare Pope with Peter is unbiblical too.

  37. I have a colluge who is not interested to get healed by the blood of Jesus Christ ,He wants mother to come and heal him
    My question is did mother died for us or Jesus ,
    What to do with such people

  38. You catholic are making something with your hands and you said this is my god… so you are making your own god with your own hands

  39. I believe Catholics can be Christians because I believe Rom 10:9 is true; and if it’s true then it’s universally true, even for Catholics, even if some of them don’t believe it themselves. But bowing down to statues is specious at best. I get the communion of saints and all, but I will not pray or bow down to any entity that is not God, nor will I tolerate it in the pews around me. That’s a hill I would die on. Marianism is the reason I would never be Catholic. “Here I stand….” 
    Interesting video, thank you for this point of view. I will think on it.

  40. Yes god instructed you to make something but not to worship… so don’t justified your own to make your religion is good but in reality is abomination to the Lord

  41. The New Testament Christians didn't need icons, statues of people or golden objects to worship the True God!!! Nice try but very weak arguments + not all non Catholics are Protestants

  42. God asked to make the ark of covenant but God didn't ask to make you images of saints of mary or Jesus. This is how we misunderstanding the God's word. In old testament God asked to make some things like snake with iron altar with stone and Solomons temple, why we just live in old testament, we are now in new testament Christians, how much we are following new testament, our new covenant with Father son and Holy Spirit God.
    Every one of us need to follow new testament more than old testament. In bible it's written old testament is a shadow of new testament when the original came we don't need to follow shadow. Christ Is our center now. We don't need to to drag old testament things and get confused. We see in new testament teachings they talk more about spiritual things of humen life more than physchal things.

  43. You cannot interpret the Bible for your convenience. Catholic are doing nothing but covering the Image of Jesus with thousands of saints. When the Bible clearly states that there is no mediator between God and man but Jesus, what makes you people so difficult to follow the Word of God. That’s how the enemy of Christ works with human life.

  44. You say well …. but I hv a question…….I knew u know better than me wat is the meaning between altra n idols. GOD had commanded to build the altar… but who command us to build these idols?…..GOD or man…..or satan…. I want to know that answer……. Waiting!

  45. exodus 25:10-19(ark of the covenant ofGOD with 2 cherubim angels images), numbers 21: 4-9 ( the image of the serpent) and jesus the image of the father that we wordhip john 14:9,

  46. 1-Meaning of Holy Spirit?
    Samsari – The Spirit That Is Holy
    2- What does the soul mean?
    Worldly
    Even those who died in the Holy Spirit (the word Brahm) – the soul of Aiso
    Words send Brahm for help – holy to them
    Called soul.
    3- What is the word Brahm?
    Worlds – Words of the Formless Father
    Sanatan Me – Word Brahm
    And the father was called – Pari Brahm.

    4- What words scare the brahm?
    Sansari – every one of the words from Brahm
    Originated – they are lords of all – why they
    Scare someone –

    5- So what would happen in the healing meeting?
    Sansari – Halleluya and Jehovah – Brahmavarni
    While running – they run their own state by threatening all the Jatis – they are ignorant
    He considered Brahmasavarni as the Holy Spirit.

    6- So how would miracles happen?
    Samsari – Thousands of human beings' willpower – desire power – female power and command cycle power
    Pulling – 40-50 people or more people are attacked – already
    Weak – by removing the deceased or any other caste from them – transferred to another
    Is done –

    7- What would miracles happen everywhere –
    Samsari – Of course the miracle done alone would have been real –
    Name the caste that came out
    Can – Give him a safe place.
    Those in the public meeting cannot say anything about this – the words of Brahm
    The name of each caste and their peace
    Can tell the lagna location.

    8- So what is this other language?
    Sansari – The ascendant of the former Phalguni constellation is formed on the Swadhisthana chakra – at this place
    5- Famine elements are present for work
    Of this, 3 – ie – Anuradha Nakshatra – Nafs a Ammara and Pram possesses Esmodius – Lucifer's power these three to Iblis
    (Magog) Jai Jai Motivates for Car
    That is – this language is the language of Nafs –
    In which Magog's Jai Jai would do the car –
    Is ineffective – which it
    The boon used to say.

  47. WORSHIPING FALSE IDOLS CATHOLICS THINK THEIR BETTER THAN EVERYONE WHEN THERE A BUNCH OF BLIND FOOLS GOING TO HELL….JESUS CHRIST IS GOD IN FLESH NO RELIGION….

  48. Hahahaha!!!!,,,,, You just blamed and said that the BIBLE is WRONG because of your TRADITIONS
    MARK 7:13
    “Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

  49. It looks like more justifying the 2nd command they hv broken n also the sabbath…..generally idols means all manmade statues….r not to be worshipped….fullstop.

  50. I was a Catholic now protestant and i don't regret a single day that I lived as a Catholic,, Catholic taught me alot

  51. even thought you dont obey the Law of the ABBA its okey because the law is not for you christian….its for the people of JACOB israelites., you do the wrong teaching….look MATHEW 23: 23-33..you are one of that which the mesiah so angry with you….

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