Do Catholics Worship Idols?

Now that the geeks at Patheos have give us such a snazzy new re-fit, I am going through and moving a good number of my archived articles from my website to my blog.

I hope readers will explore the ‘Archived Articles’ tab to see what’s there. I’ll be updating it regularly with old articles and with recent publications for the various magazines, websites and papers for which I write.

Do Catholics worship idols? It’s idle speculation. Check this article and if you like it, share it and pass it on. If you’re Catholic, why not share it with Evangelical friends and get some dialogue going?

  • Gerald Price

    Just a note to say goodbye to you and your patheos compatriots. It has been most enlightening, but I am not here to be sold detergent and vacation packages by blaring commercials. Thank you again for some most interesting words and thoughts to ponder.

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      Sorry to see you go, but if you are patient, the re-fit is still being undertaken and we are all pushing to remove the video ads.

  • Joe

    If you have a smartphone, you can view the mobile version of the site, which is totally ad free, with full access to Fr. Dwight’s insightful articles.

  • Alicia

    You’d think we wouldn’t still be debating whether or not Catholics still “worship” idols at this late date. I guess you never make any progress on some issues.

  • Nate

    Wow, if only I had read this 2 years ago when I was contemplating entering the Catholic church from my Evangelical/Baptist upbringing. When I went to my first Mass with my wife (who was thinking of returning to the faith of her childhood), I found to my delight that the liturgy was wonderful and was surprised at the amount of scripture reading (apparently I was ill informed of the Mass and had been taught misunderstandings of what Catholics believe). But every time I glanced at one of the statues of Mary or Joseph, I would feel recurring anxiety that somehow I might treat them as something more than statues, really like idols, which I knew was ridiculous, but it came from the prohibition of having sacred images at church as taught by my family and the churches I attended in the past). It was feeling as though I was taking attention away from God, perhaps even falling into sin by doing so. Therefore I went home with the intent on reading more on what the Catholic church teaches on this, and apologetics, and that helped me to form a proper understanding of the use of images in and outside of the church, and that aligned with what you wrote. But what I found remarkable were portions of the article that I had not read elsewhere, or at least were not stated as clearly. I especially liked the sections “Made in the image of God” and “Saints and Monsters”. I’ve bookmarked the article for future reference. And by the way, my wife and I did end up coming into the Catholic church last year. But I continue to read, ponder, and practice my faith, so articles such as this one have been a real help.


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