No. We only worship God.

French Priest’s 150-Year-Old Heart Being Worshipped in NYC – US News & World Report, sourced from the Associated Press

Just to prove it is not only the sociopolitical front in which the MSN gets everything wrong, we have this. The MSM once again demonstrates how they will allow their opinions and prejudices to interfere with their job of reporting the news instead of interpreting it. (Why this centuries-old practice is even “news” will be left for a future discussion.)

Catholics, of which I am one, worship only God. We do not worship “idols” in the statues and relics in our churches any more than you believe a photograph of your loved one is actually that person rather than a simple representation to remind you of them. Praying to saints isn’t worshiping them – it is asking for their intercession on our behalf with our Judge much in the same way a lawyer intercedes on your behalf with a judge in a courtroom.

And we don’t “worship” the 150-year-old heart of a priest.

At its basis, the Catholic tradition of relics is simply an institutionalized manifestation of the human inclination to keep things to remind them of lost loved ones. These relics are taken from those recognized as being holier than the run-of-the-mill Catholic for whatever reason. But they are venerated as opposed worshiped. They are treated with great respect and reverence – much like how you would handle great great Aunt Sally’s crystal vase, handed down through generations, when taking it out to show someone.

See the difference?

-Pateratic

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