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Wednesday 6 June 2012

Catholics as idolaters and polytheists

Catholics are believed to be polytheists and idolaters by over one and a half-billion people on this globe. We were heretics to the Romans, who had a state religion. The idolatry label is easily stuck on us as we adore Christ in the Eucharist, have smells and bells for Mass, hopefully, venerate the Theotokos and see the value of Beauty, an Attribute of God, in our places of worship The other day in Walsingham, low church Protestants yelled through mega-phones that we and the Anglo-Catholics who gathered here, were idolaters of the worst kind, making Mary into a god and worshiping a piece of bread. The low church Protestants here are very low church, not believing in any sacraments except baptism, and hating all "Popery". I wanted to go up to the lady in brown and an apron condemning my point of view, and engage her in some of the New Evangelization, but I was with friends who did not want to stop. Next time.

Now, both the low church Protestants and the atheists, including some of the anarchists below, would be shocked to know that they have in common the idea that we are idolaters par excellence. The academic craze for atheism in the West sees us real Catholics are worshiping fools, believing in superstitious nonsense and irrational. In my own family, I am seen as one of those ladies in a mantilla, saying my rosary in the back of Church, with no brain. That strange grouping accounts for the half-billion who think we are deranged and medieval.


Ishtiaq Masih killed in Pakistan in 2009 for being a Christian

The other billion are the Muslims who call Christians polytheists because of our belief in the Trinity.

God the Father, the loving Abba, who Christ revealed to us, the First Person in the Blessed Trinity is no Allah.

The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus Christ, True God and True Man, is not God to the Muslims.

The Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, given to us through the sacraments of baptism and confirmation, is not on the Islamic radar.

Occupy Rome, October, 2011
We are not doing a good job evangelizing, which is what Our Lord told us to do in Matthew 28:19: Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. DR

We do not obey and as I did, pass up opportunities of grace. All you Catholic polytheists and idolaters get off your sofas and spread the Good News, while we still are able to do so freely.