When idol worship is forbidden for Catholics why do they have so many statues in the Church and why do they garland the statues, or light candles in front of them or even pray standing in front of them? Is this not idol worship?
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Larry, I respect your feelings but as a Catholic I found no priest or church leader taking pains to explain things to the laity. Many ignorant Catholics at least in India are actually doing idol worship by actually worshiping statues of saints.
Better yet: Why are people falsely lead to believe that Catholics indulge in idle worship?
Hi Ackman, I am closing this question out of respect to the feelings of people like Mr.Larry Wall who has given a very neat and clear explanation to what looks like 'idol worship'. I don't feel further discussion is required.
I think bowing down front of idols of saints, lighting candles in front of them, kissing the idols and standing and praying in front of them means worship; I got the idea from what happens in Catholic Churches all over India.
Catholics have over the centuries assigned certain tasks to various saints. St.Jude is the patrol saint of hopeless causes. Catholics do not pray to saints, they ask the saints for their intercession. Do not confuse reverance with worship.