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Do Catholics Worship Idols/Images/Statues?

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..."

  • Idolatry - from the Catholic Encyclopedia (
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