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Catholics don’t worship Mary. In terms of “praying,” Catholics use that in the same way as asking for prayer. When you ask your sister to pray for you you aren’t worshipping her are you? In the same way we ask Mary for her prayers. Period.
Catholics do however honor Mary and that is very scriptural. In most Eastern cultures, of which Jesus and Mary were most certainly a part, it was not the wife of the king, but the mother of the king that was honored as the queen, because the wife of the former king and mother to the present queen was a living symbol of continuity of succession. By the time the people of Israel wanted a king, this tradition of the queen mother had been well established in the region.
In scripture we see that Solomon reigns with his mother Bathsheba in the place of honor as queen mother.
“So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his thrown and had a seat brought for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right” (1Kings 2:19
I think this is key to understanding the Catholic thought on Mary. Jesus is Lord. He is King of Kings. It is then no small matter that the role of Mary, as mother of the king should be one of honor and respect. As Catholics we believe that Jesus does honor his mother (as any good Jewish boy would!) and as we imitate Christ we imitate Him in honoring his Queen Mother as well.
Further, of course Catholics are Christians. Catholics world wide are winding up the season of Lent, where we imitate Christ’s 40 days in the desert and we follow his teachings of penance and sacrifice. This week we will commemorate Christ’s ride into Jerusalem to celebrate passover. Next week is holy week and we will follow Christ’s passion on the Good Friday and celebrate his resurrection on Easter Sunday.
Incidentally, Catholics follow the life of Christ whenever they say the Rosary, from his joyful conception, through the sorrows of his death, and the glory of the resurrection, as well as his ministry here on earth.
So if following Christ makes one a Christian, then Catholicism qualifies. The rest of it is just what makes one Protestant or Catholic.
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