Veneration, not worship…

November 2, 2009

Irish turn out for apparition, defying church plea

The head of the local Roman Catholic archdiocese issued a statement on Monday urging the faithful to disregard the forecasts by Dublin-based “spiritual healer” Joe Coleman that Mary, worshipped by Christians as the mother of God, would reappear.

Your report on Knock shrine in Ireland states that Catholics worship the Virgin Mary. This is incorrect.  Catholics venerate Mary , which is completely different than worship.

Thomas W.

Mary is never worshipped. She is a creature like us. Worship is only given to God. We do honor her, though, as the Mother of God.


Several readers pointed out this one. We corrected: GBU Editor

A woman lights a candle in front of a shadow of the Virgin Mary in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in Dublin in a 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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