Catholics tend to have statues in their churches of Jesus, Mary, the saints, etc. For this reason, Catholics are sometimes accused of worshiping false gods, or of worshiping statues. But this accusation is based on a misunderstanding of why Catholics have statues, and what the Bible says about the use and misuse of religious images. Catholics have them for the same reason people have photos of their family, the only difference being the religious nature of Christ's family.
As Catholics recite during Mass, "We believe in ONE God..."
- Do Catholics Worship Statues? (catholic.com)
- Catholics Do Not Worship Idols, Part 1 [10 min] - Examines statues, saints, scripture, and Catholic teachings. Note: this is a response to another video; by SeptemberCatholic18
- Catholics Do Not Worship Idols, Part 2 [9 min] - Examines gestures such as kneeling and bowing; by SeptemberCatholic18
- That Catholic Show - Statues and Icons [6 min] - images of the saints versus images of family members
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church - idolatry condemned by the Catechism (kofc.org)
- Do Catholics Worship Statues? - extremely brief, mainly just states the Catholic position against idolatry and in allowance of images (smcenter.org)
- Statues in Church - A brief history of statues, and their use in churches today; by David MacDonald (davidmacd.com)
- Idolatry - from the Catholic Encyclopedia (oce.catholic.com)
- Why A Crucifix Instead of a Cross? - Why portray Jesus crucified?