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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Date Posted:
8/20/1998

Contents
Introduction (1-6)
The Bible (9-23)
The Pope (24-42)
The Sacraments (43-51)
Confirmation (53-54)
Lord's Supper (55-78)
Priesthood (79-94)
Matrimony (95-97)
SIN (98-107)
Forgiveness (108-122)
Indulgences (123-127)
Penance (128-141)
Purgatory (142-159)
Mariolatry (160-187)
Angels (188-208)
Reformation (210-213)
Patrick (214-228)
Ecumenism (229-240)


Mariolatry (160-187)


A Concise Guide to Bible Christianity and Romanism
Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley


  1. What worship does the Church of Rome teach should be given to the mother of our Lord?
  2. What are the grounds on which Rome bases this worship of Mary?
  3. Did Rome always hold the doctrine of Mary's Immaculate Conception?
  4. In this doctrine taught in the New Testament or was it known in the early church?
  5. What did St. Alphonsus Ligouri teach about those who do not worship and serve Mary?
  6. Give the terms of Rome's Decree declaring Mary's Immaculate Conception?
  7. What is Rome's legend about the Assumption of Mary?
  8. Has this legend been always believed by the Church of Rome?
  9. When was the Assumption of Mary declared to be an official Dogma of the Church?
  10. What are some of the names given by Rome to Mary?
  11. What are the three names which Rome uses which more than any others exalt Mary?
  12. Does Rome teach expressly that Mary has taken Christ's place as Saviour and that she is the source of salvation?
  13. Does Rome teach that Christ cannot disobey Mary's commands?
  14. Does Rome make Mary a partner mediator with Christ in the work of redemption?
  15. Give a specimen of the language Rome uses to Mary which exalts her to the Godhead.
  16. Describe the Scapular of the Virgin.
  17. What is the meaning of this badge?
  18. Is the book The Glories of Mary, from which many of the preceding extracts on Mariolatry have been taken, a reliable authority of Rome's teaching on the subject?
  19. What is the Rosary?
  20. What is the Ave maria or Hail Mary?
  21. Is the Rosary much valued by the Church?
  22. How ought we to regard Mary?
  23. To what source must the worship of the Madonna and Child be originally traced?
  24. What does Rome teach about Mary's house at Nazareth?
  25. What is the irresistible inference to be drawn from Rome's exaltation and worship of Mary?
  26. Why is it wrong to worship Mary?
  27. What judgment does the Word of God pass upon Rome's doctrine and practise of Mariolatry?
  28. How did Vatican II confirm Rome as a Marian sect?

Back to Top 160. What worship does the Church of Rome teach should be given to the mother of our Lord?

Prayers are addressed to her and she is honoured with hyperdulia: this is a word coined by the Church to indicate the highest kind of worship which, according to her, may be given to a created being. A careful review of Rome's books of devotion affords the fullest proof that among Romanists Mary divides the honours of Divine Worship and even Divinity with the Supreme Being.

Back to Top 161. What are the grounds on which Rome bases this worship of Mary?

On the pretended ground that she was born without a taint of sin, that after death she was miraculously taken up to Heaven, and that she assists Christ in the work of Redemption. Her sinlessness is termed by Rome her 'Immaculate Conception.' Her taking up into Heaven is termed the 'Assumption of Mary', while her assisting of Christ gives her the title of 'Co-Redemptorist'.

Back to Top 162. Did Rome always hold the doctrine of Mary's Immaculate Conception?

No, the promulgation of it dates no further back than December 8th, 1854, when it was proclaimed by Pope Pius IX. Such a fact in connection with the doctrine that enthrones Mary beside Christ and declares her to be a Saviour more able and more compassionate than He, reveals a serious defect in a Church which claims to be infallible. If the doctrine were true what a loss the members of the Church of Rome must have sustained through ignorance of it for the last twelve centuries.

Back to Top 163. In this doctrine taught in the New Testament or was it known in the early church?

The whole Word of God teaches the contrary, even as Paul declares that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Mary's own language confirms that she acknowledged she was a sinner and needed salvation when she exclaimed: "My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour." The teaching was unknown to the apostolic church, and in the writing of the fathers of the first five centuries it was never once mentioned. Not one great name can be quoted for it during the first eleven centuries. On the contrary, no fewer than fourteen Popes oppose it.

Back to Top 164. What did St. Alphonsus Ligouri teach about those who do not worship and serve Mary?

He taught that those who do not serve Mary will not be saved and that we after obtain more promptly what we ask by calling on the name of Mary than by invoking that of Jesus.

Back to Top 165. Give the terms of Rome's Decree declaring Mary's Immaculate Conception?

"We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary at the first instance of her conception by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ the Saviour of mankind, was preserved Immaculate from all stain of original sin has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by the faithful. Wherefore if any shall dare which God avert to think otherwise than it has been defined by us, they should know and understand that they are condemned by their own judgment, that they have suffered shipwreck of the faith, and have revolted from the unity of the Church [...] let the children of the Catholic Church most dear to us hear these words and with a more ardent zeal of piety, religion and love proceed to worship, invoke and pray to the most Blessed Virgin Mary."

Back to Top 166. What is Rome's legend about the Assumption of Mary?

It is that Mary died at the age of 72, that all the apostles were in distant countries at the time, that they were all with the exception of Thomas miraculously conveyed in the clouds to be present at her death, that they buried her at Gethsemane, and that three days after, when Thomas appeared, they opened the tomb that he might see her, but that, though the grave had been carefully guarded, they found nothing but the graveclothes. Whereupon they concluded that she had been taken up to Heaven.

Back to Top 167. Has this legend been always believed by the Church of Rome?

No. It was treated at first as a fable, and in the 5th century Pope Gelasius condemned it as apocryphal. Gradually however, it began to be accepted and ultimately Pope Sextus IV appointed by decree a festival in honour of the assumption, to be observed annually on 25th August. This festival is regularly observed both by the Greek and the Roman Church.

Back to Top 168. When was the Assumption of Mary declared to be an official Dogma of the Church?

It was promulgated as a Roman Dogma in as late as 1950 by Pope Pius XII.

Back to Top 169. What are some of the names given by Rome to Mary?

The following are only a few of them: 'Mother of Divine Grace'; 'Ark of the Covenant'; 'Gate of Heaven'; 'Morning Star'; 'Refuge of sinners'; 'Comforter of the afflicted'; 'Help of Christians'; 'Latter of Promise'; 'Treasury of Divine Grace'; 'Mother of Mercies'; 'Advocate of sinners'; 'Propitiatory of the whole world'; 'Mediatrix of Grace'; 'Way of Salvation'; and 'Queen of Heaven'.

Back to Top 170. What are the three names which Rome uses which more than any others exalt Mary?

She is called the Daughter of God the Father, the Mother of God the Son, and the Spouse of the Holy Ghost. Such names most plainly imply that Mary is honoured as the fourth person of the Godhead, for more exalted names could not be given to the Divine Being.

Back to Top 171. Does Rome teach expressly that Mary has taken Christ's place as Saviour and that she is the source of salvation?

Yes. Pope Pius IX by whom the Decree was promulgated, declared that the clause in the first promise: "It shall bruise Thy head", applied to Mary, for that it was she who crushed the serpent's head with her immaculate foot. Accordingly Romanists are taught to address Mary in the following terms: "In taking flesh in your chaste womb God has been pleased to become your debtor in order to place afterwards at your disposal all the treasures of His abounded mercy [ ]we hope for grace and salvation from you and since you need but say the words: 'Ah, do so'; you shall be heard and we shall be saved."

Back to Top 172. Does Rome teach that Christ cannot disobey Mary's commands?

Yes. Rome expresses it thus: "The Blessed Virgin having lodged the Son of God in her womb requires from Him as the price of her hospitality peace for the earth, salvation for the lost and life for the dead." In keeping with this is the prayer: "O Empress and our most benign Lady, by the right of a mother command thy most beloved Son our Lord Jesus Christ that He vouchsafe to raise our minds from the love of earthly things to Heavenly desires who liveth and reigneth." Rome actually declares that "all is subject to Mary's Empire even God Himself and that God hears her prayers as if they were commands".

Back to Top 173. Does Rome make Mary a partner mediator with Christ in the work of redemption?

Yes. She declares it to be absolutely necessary to the salvation of the sinner. Her words are: "Because men fear Jesus Christ, that Divine Person who is destined one day to judge them, it has been necessary to give them a Mediator with the Mediator, and none was so fit for this office as Mary His mother." Accordingly she teaches that "no grace, no pardon emanates from the Throne of the King of kings without passing through the hands of Mary [...]; no one enters Heaven without passing through her."

Back to Top 174. Give a specimen of the language Rome uses to Mary which exalts her to the Godhead.

"All the earth doth worship thee the spouse of the Eternal Father. All the angels and archangels, all thrones and powers do faithfully serve thee. To thee all angels cry aloud with never ceasing voice Holy, Holy, Holy Mary Mother of God. Thou sittest with thy Son on the right hand of the Father [ ] in the sweet Mary is our Hope, defend us for evermore. Praise becometh thee, Empire becometh thee, Virtue and Glory be unto thee for ever and ever."

Such language could not be matched in the world again outside the Church of Rome for utter blasphemy.

Back to Top 175. Describe the Scapular of the Virgin.

It is a small badge, made of two pieces of woolen stuff, about the size of a hand, hanging by two little laces down from the neck upon both the breast and the back of the wearer. It has on the one side a picture of the Madonna and Child each with a burning heart. At the head of the Mother is surrounded with rays; on the other side it has the representation of the Virgin treading on the serpent.

Back to Top 176. What is the meaning of this badge?

The legend believed by the Church of Rome is that Mary appeared in 1251 to Simon Stock, a Carmelite Friar in England, and gave him a Scapular in imitation of her own garment, with instructions that this Scapular was henceforth to be the badge of the confraternity of our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel: and the promise moreover was given with it that whosoever would enter the confraternity of the Blessed Virgin, and wear that habit, would be absolved from the third part of their sins, and if after death they would go to Purgatory the most sacred Virgin would deliver them from thence on the first Saturday after their death. The Virgin is said to have given this promise direct to Pope John XXI.

Back to Top 177. Is the book The Glories of Mary, from which many of the preceding extracts on Mariolatry have been taken, a reliable authority of Rome's teaching on the subject?

Yes, it is of the highest authority along with the other writings of St. Ligouri. It was pronounced by Pope Pius VII in 1803 and Pope Leo XII in 1825 to be without error. Liguori was canonised in 1831 by Pope Gregory XVI and it was announced at his Beatification that he had performed more than a hundred miracles during his life and twenty eight after his death. The late Cardinal Wiseman declared that he could be in two places at one and the same time; so that he must have been a very fit person and proper man to expound the doctrines of Rome.

Back to Top 178. What is the Rosary?

The Rosary is an arithmetical guide to Romish devotion of comparatively modern use in the Roman Church. It is a string of beads larger and smaller designed to aid the worshipper in repeating a definite number of Paternosters (Our Fathers) and Ave Marias (Hail Marys). There are as many as twenty forms of Rosary devotions enumerated by standard authorities. The most ordinary form has five decades (or tens) of smaller beads making in all fifty each decade separated by a single large bead making in all five. The arrangement is that for every one of the fifty smaller beads the Romanist offers up a prayer to Mary, the Ave Maria, and for every one of the larger ones he offers up a prayer to God, the Lord's Prayer. In other words, the Romanist is taught to pray ten times to Mary for every one that he prays to God.

Back to Top 179. What is the Ave maria or Hail Mary?

This favourite prayer to Mary consists of three parts. One, the salutation of the angel; two, the words of Elizabeth; and three, a prayer added to these by the authority of the Church. That prayer is as follows: "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death Amen."

Back to Top 180. Is the Rosary much valued by the Church?

It is the most popular form of devotion among Romanists. It has been strongly recommended by many Popes and great indulgences have been promised to those who practice it.

Back to Top 181. How ought we to regard Mary?

We ought to hold her in respectful remembrance as one who was honoured among women in being the mother of the Man Christ Jesus: but we ought not to forget that she was a sinner even as others, saved by grace even as others.

Back to Top 182. To what source must the worship of the Madonna and Child be originally traced?

To paganism. The ancient Babylonians worshipped a goddess mother and child; in Egypt they were worshipped Isis and Osiris; in India as Isi and Iswam; in Rome as Fortuna and Jupiter the boy; in Greece as Ceres and the Babe.

Back to Top 183. What does Rome teach about Mary's house at Nazareth?

Rome teaches that it was miraculously transferred in 1291 by angels from Palestine to Dalmatia, from that four and a half years after to the neighbourhood of Recanati in Italy and finally to its present site at Loretto in Italy. For this there is no proof whatsoever. The reputed house is a small brick house with one door and one window, originally of rude material and construction, but now enclosed in a splendid chapel most expensively and elaborately finished. As many as tens of thousands of Masses are said at it annually, more than forty thousand pilgrims visit it annually and its treasury of votive offerings is one of the richest in Europe. The present Pope has made it a special shrine for Mary by personally visiting it and doing homage there to Mary.

Back to Top 184. What is the irresistible inference to be drawn from Rome's exaltation and worship of Mary?

It is that the religion of the Church of Rome has now less claim than ever to be called Christianity. It is undisguised Marianism.

Back to Top 185. Why is it wrong to worship Mary?

It is wrong to worship Mary and the saints because the New Testament teaches that worship is to be given to God alone and that the only Mediator between God and man is our Lord Jesus Christ.

Back to Top 186. What judgment does the Word of God pass upon Rome's doctrine and practise of Mariolatry?

It passes sentence of unqualified condemnation on both. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a denial of the universal sinfulness of the human family; and the doctrine of the Assumption and Coronation of Mary is an exaltation of the creature to a level with the Creator. The worship of Mary is idolatry of the most deliberate type and it is an overwhelming proof of the antichristian character of the Papal system. The church so-called that exalts and invokes as a Saviour the Virgin Mary in preference to Christ or even along with Christ cannot be a branch of the Church of Christ. Christ said: "He that is not with me is against me."

Back to Top 187. How did Vatican II confirm Rome as a Marian sect?

In the statements made about Mary in the Constitutions and Decrees of that Council and especially in chapter eight of the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church. Chapter 8 is entitled 'The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God in the mystery of Christ and the church.'

Here are some extracts:-

"In this church adhering to Christ the Head and having communion with all His saints the faithful must also venerate the memory of the glorious and perpetual Virgin Mary Mother of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ." (Para. 52)

"Hence she is acknowledged and honoured as being truly the Mother of God and the Mother of the Redeemer." (Para. 53)

"It is no wonder then that the usage prevailed among the holy fathers whereby they called the Mother of God entirely holy and free from all stain of sin fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature." (Para. 56)

"Finally preserved free from all guilt of original sin the Immaculate Virgin was taken body and soul into heavenly glory upon the completion of her earthly sojourn. She was exalted by the Lord as Queen of all, in order that she might be more thoroughly conformed to her Son the Lord of lords and the Conqueror of sin and death." (Para. 59)

"In an utterly singular way she cooperated by her obedience faith hope and burning charity in the Saviour's work of restoring supernatural life to souls. From this reason she is a Mother to us in the order of grace." (Para. 61)

"This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the Cross. This maternity will last without interruption until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect. For taken up to Heaven she did not lay aside this saving role but by her manifold acts of intercession continues to win for us gifts of eternal salvation. There fore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the Titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix and Mediatrix." (Para. 62)

"Mary was involved in the mysteries of Christ. As the most Holy Mother of God she was, after her Son exalted by divine grace above all angels and men. Hence the Church appropriately honours her with special reverence. Indeed from the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been venerated under the Title of Godbearer. Especially after the Council of Ephesus the cult of the people of God toward Mary wonderfully increased in veneration, in love, in invocation and imitation. This cult is altogether special. Still it differs essentially from the cult of adoration which is offered to the Incarnate Word as well as to the Father and Holy Spirit. Yet devotion to Mary is most favourable to this supreme cult. The Church has endorsed many forms of Deity towards the Mother of God providing that they were within the limits of sound and orthodox doctrine." (Para. 66)

"This most holy synod deliberately teaches this Catholic doctrine and at the same time it admonisheth all the sons of the CHurch that the cult, especially the liturgical cult of the Blessed Virgin be generously fostered. It charges that practices and exercises of devotion toward her be treasured as recommended by the teaching authority of the Church in the course of centuries and that those decrees issued in earlier times regarding the veneration of images of Christ the Blessed Virgin and the saints be religiously observed.' (Para. 67)

"Let the entire Body of the faithful pour forth perseveringly prayer to the Mother of God and Mother of men. Let them implore that she who aided the beginnings of the church by her prayers may now, exalted as she is in Heaven above all the saints and angels, intercede with her Son in the fellowship of all the saints. May she do so until all the peoples of the human family whether they are honoured with the name of Christian or whether they still do not know their Saviour or happily together in peace and harmony into the one people of God, for the glory of the most Holy and undivided Trinity." (Para. 69)

Catechism of the Cacholic Church, 1995:

"The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship. The Churhc rightly honours the blessed Virgin with special devotion. [ ] The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an 'epitome of the Gospel', express this devotion to the Virgin Mary." (Para. 971)

"Mary - Eschatological Icon of the Church. [ ] In her we contemplate what the Church already is in her mystery on her own 'pilgrimage of faith', and what she will be in the homeland at the end of her journey. There, 'in the glory of the Most Blessed and Undivided Trinity', 'in the communion of all the saints', the Church is awaited by the one she venerates as Mother of her Lord and as her own mother." (Para. 972)

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