Religion, Faith, and Spirituality : Mariolatry (Marian devotions): reason behind Catholic and Protestant division

Mariolatry (Marian devotions): reason behind Catholic and Protestant division

The idolatry debate has been one of the defining differences between Papal Catholicism and Anti-papal Protestantism.The anti-papal writers have prominently questioned the worship practices and images supported by Catholics, with many Protestant scholars listing it as the "one religious error larger than all others". The sub-list of erring practices have included among other things Mariolatry or the worship of Virgin Mary as a form of idolatry, the Catholic mass, the invocation of saints, and the reverence expected for and expressed to Pope himself.The charges of idolatry against the Roman Catholics were leveled by a diverse group of Protestants, from the Church of England to John Calvin in Geneva.

Protestants did not abandon all icons and symbols of Christianity. They typically avoid the use of images, except the cross, in any context suggestive of veneration. The cross remained their central icon. Technically both major sects of Christianity have had their icons, states Carlos Eire – a professor of Religious Studies and History, but its meaning has been different to each and "one man's devotion was another man's idolatry". This was particularly true not only in the intra-Christian debate, states Eire, but also when soldiers of Catholic kings replaced "horrible Aztec idols" in the American colonies with "beautiful crosses and Mary idols"

Protestants hate Mariolatry yet they still worship the Cross (and sometimes Jesus is on the cross)

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