In this episode I discuss the very common and ignorant anti-Catholic charge that Catholics worship statues and idols. The Catholic position on this is clear, perfectly Biblical and goes back to the Apostles. The earliest Christians venerated images of Jesus, angels and saints, but never worshipped the physical object. Holy images are simply like the pictures of our family members - when we look at them we are reminded of someone we love, who loves us and is more alive in Heaven than anyone is on earth. We venerate statues as both Catholics and Protestants venerate the Cross, Bible and altar as physical objects that bring us closer to Heaven, just as the ancient Jews venerated the Ark of the Covenant and the Temple with all of its ornate "graven images".
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