Does the Blessed Virgin Mary intercede for us? ...

Romanism substitutes Mary for Christ

Catholic theology: Technically, it is impossible for Catholics to "worship" Mary. "Worship" has been defined as applying only to "God". The worship of Mary is termed "hyperdullation" or "veneration", and of the Saints, "dullation". Further, Catholics do not "pray to" Mary, they "ask Mary to pray for us." But to any non-Catholic, this is exactly the same as praising and praying to someone, i.e., worshipping them. "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet".
An email correspondent writes:
Please speak to and be open to hearing the perspectives of Catholics and understand what true DEVOTION and not WORSHIP OF Mary is. Mary is the window in which we look through to see Jesus. She always points to Jesus. Even if a Catholic has misunderstood who Mary is, she in turn will show them Jesus, if they are willing to see Him. She prays for us as I can pray for you, and you for your friend. She is our intercessor, and she knows Jesus, therefore a very good intercessor.

Dr. J. D. Fulton: "It is the will of God," said [St. Alphonius] Liguori [(1696-1787) in the "Glories of Mary"], "that all graces should come to us at the hands of Mary."

"God, to glorify the Mother of the Redeemer, has so determined and disposed that of her great charity she should intercede in behalf of all those for whom His divine Son paid and offered the superabundant price of His precious blood, in which alone is our salvation, life and resurrection."

St. Bonaventure says "that those who make a point of announcing to others the glories of Mary, are certain of Heaven," and this opinion is confirmed not by Scripture, but by Richard of St. Lawrence, who declares that "to honor the Queen of heaven is to gain eternal life." "Since the flesh of Mary" says the Abbot Arnold of Chartres, "was not different from that of Jesus, how can the royal dignity be denied to the mother? Hence we must consider the glory of the Son, not only as being common to, but as one with that of his mother." "If Jesus is the King of the universe, Mary is also its queen, and as queen she possesses by right the whole kingdom of her Son." "Whoever asks and expects to obtain graces without the intercession of Mary, endeavours to fly without wings." "God has decreed," says St. Bernard, "that he will grant no graces otherwise than by the hands of Mary." Not a word of Scripture for proof or authority.

Shall this doctrine be accepted? Is a system of faith that thus repudiates Scripture, permits the creature to usurp the place that belongs to the Creator, and openly betrays Jesus Christ, safe for anybody? The question deserves to be pondered and answered by the bishop of Chichester and all Ritualists as well as Romanists.

It is known that the worship of the Virgin Mary is on the increase in Rome. It is being taught that as a woman brought in death, so a woman was to bring in holiness; that as Eve brought in damnation, so Mary was to bring in salvation, and that the effect of this opinion was largely to increase the reverence and worship given to the mother of our Lord.

The Mary of the New Testament

was an old woman of at least sixty years of age, wearing a face that had been furrowed with sorrow, marked by a tracery of grief and tortured by doubts which disturbed her peace and weakened her faith in Christ; so that she sympathized with the Jews who sought to kill Him [?] because He made Himself equal with God, and with her children, his brethren, who were free to declare that they did not believe in Him and sought to entangle Him in difficulty and finally to arrest Him while engaged in His great work. In this frame of mind she continued until standing by the cross, and seeing Him deserted by His disciples, by His kindred and by all, heard His terrible cry, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me," when it is thought she then and there surrendered her doubts and became a believer in the only begotten Son of God, and was thus brought into the fellowship of the new life and made a sharer with us in the hope of heaven.

At this hour Romanism is so dominant in Protestant churches that the utterance of this language, simply with a desire to give to our Lord Jesus Christ his rightful place is regarded as next to blasphemy. They forget the position which the Scriptures and our Lord himself assign to Mary, and bend in deference to the anti-Scriptural and idolatrous position which the Roman Catholic church assigns to her, and ignore in fact, if not in pretension, the great Scripture doctrine that Jesus Christ is the only and all-sufficient mediator between God and man.

The Lady of Roman Catholic Mariology

is a beautiful young woman of about twenty years of age, with a full, fair face, modeled by Rubens after the features of the mistress he loved. It is this picture, worshiped by Romanists, that is enshrined in the churches, and is taking the place with millions that belong to Christ.

Said a distinguished Jesuit: "When one thinks that Mary enshrined Christ in her womb, that she used to lead him by the hand, that she had listened to all his innocent prattle, that she had observed the opening of his mind, and that during all those days of his happy childhood she, and she alone of all the world, knew that that little child, whom she bore in her womb and nursed at her breast and fondled in her arms, was her God - when a man thinks of all this, the natural result will be the worship of Mary, while Protestants dwell on the manhood and sufferings of Christ and naturally connect him with the cross and give their worship to the crucified and risen Christ."

Mary held no place of prominence in the Scriptures. Jesus was alone at home, as at Gethsemane, and on the cross. His kinsmen then thought Him mad, and tried to lay hold on Him. He came to earth to experience every kind of misery and He did experience it. Had His mother, brothers and sisters believed on Him, His home had been bright and sunny, and there would have been lacking a poignant sorrow which many have borne, and felt it to be almost unbearable, which they now know to have been shared by Christ, so that He can enter with them into the terrible trial that at times empties the sky of the stars of hope, and fills the soul with a desolation which it is impossible to describe. Augustine, bishop of Hippo, wrote in contemplating this truth, and in rejoicing at the conversion of Mary, saying, "Mary was more blessed when she received the faith of Christ than when she conceived the flesh of Christ."

From first to last Christ trampled upon every pretense for the doctrine of Mariolatry. Today Romanists claim that Mary is in heaven, and that when requests are proffered to Jesus in her name, she offers and presents her naked breast to the Son of God and beseeches Him to grant the favor asked. As if to head against this very pretension, these words are recorded in Luke 11:27: "A certain woman lifted up her voice and said, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps [breasts] which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it."

Rome belies the truth, and falsifies the scripture to aid the worship of Mary.

Take in proof: The church close by the Vatican has upon its marble pediment, graven in large letters, "Let us come to the throne of the Virgin Mary, that we may find grace to help in time of need." The Roman sees Hebrews 4:16 quoted, but cannot verify it if he would, seeing the Bible is forbidden to him, and knows not that it reads, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need," the context showing that Christ is presented as the Mediator. Pius IX, at the foot of the Column of the Immaculate Conception, erected to perpetuate the fact that he was permitted to decree the dogma [1854], has Moses, David, Isaiah and Jeremiah casting crowns before the Virgin, saying, "Thou art worthy, for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood." [said of the Lamb, Rev. 5:9]

The Roman Catholic Mariologist also declares that the feeling is universal among Romanists, that the Virgin Mary was more merciful, more gentle and more ready to hear man's needs than Christ. They feel that the Son is God as well as man and that Mary is altogether of their own nature, and that this insures a more perfect sympathy, so as to make Mary more accessible than Christ; and this feeling leads them to pray with more frequency, as well as with more confidence, to Mary than to Christ.

All this is taught, though a moment's reflection would lead them to realize that unless Mary is omniscient and omnipresent, it would be impossible for her to act as mediator between a lost world and Christ. If she could hear any one, how could she hear more than one at a time, and if but one at a time of what avail would she be for the millions saying their Ave Marias at one time in various parts of the world?

[A movement is now underway among Romanists to incorporate Mary into the Trinity as the manifestation of the Holy Spirit,

We maintain the hypothesis that the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of all men and women, realizes the feminine absolutely and eschatologically, inasmuch as the Holy Spirit has made her his temple, sanctuary, and tabernacle in so real and genuine a way that she is to be regarded as hypostatically united to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. [Emphasis in original.]
Leonardo Boff, O.F.M., 1987, "The Maternal Face of God", San Francisco: Harper & Row, p.93. Original Spanish, 1979, imprimatur & nihil obstat]

The saddest of all thoughts

that comes to the Christian is the utter rejection of the tender love of Christ, a love exhibited in leaving the heavens for us [Phil. 2:6-7]; a love exhibited in all the sweetness of His words, in the benevolence of His acts and in the infinite sufferings endured on the cross; a love exhibited now in the heavens, where he yet pleads on the mediatorial throne for the sinner [Heb. 4:14, 7:26, 8:1], as if heaven were no heaven to Him if His people be not there. How wonderful the words, "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," [Rom. 5:8] and "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friend;" [John 15:13] and again, He pleads himself with us: "Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee." [Isa. 49:15] Here, indeed, is love expressed and proved, while there is neither love expressed nor love proved by Mary. Is it not the basest of ingratitude to a Saviour of such infinite love, a love that passeth knowledge, to harbor for one moment the thought that it could be surpassed, especially by one who is at best but a creature still?

In the Roman Breviary it is said: "If the winds of temptation arise, if thou run upon the rocks of tribulation, look to the star, call upon Mary. If thou art tossed upon the waves of pride, of ambition, of detraction, of envy, look to the star, call upon Mary. If disturbed with the greatness of thy sins, troubled at the defilement of thy conscience, affrighted at the horrors of the judgment, think upon Mary, invoke Mary." Thus is Christ rejected by Roman Catholic Mariology.

by Justin Dewey Fulton D.D., "Is it Mary or the Lady of Roman Catholic Mariology?", Brooklyn, New York, January, 1890.

from John Thornberry of Fishersgate (1889)

Go to Literature Index Page

This URL is