posted on Apr, 27 2011 @ 03:20 AM
reply to post by Sailor Sam
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2096 & 2097 clearly states, "Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to
acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love. "You shall worship
the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve," says Jesus, citing Deuteronomy.
To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute submission, the "nothingness of the creature" who would not exist but for God. To adore
God is to praise and exalt him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has done great things and holy
is his name. The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world."
Also in #2132 we read, "The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, "the honor
rendered to an image passes to its prototype," and "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it." The honor paid to sacred images
is a "respectful veneration," not the adoration due to God alone: Religious worship is not directed to images in themselves, considered as mere
things, but under their distinctive aspect as images leading us on to God incarnate. The movement toward the image does not terminate in it as image,
but tends toward that whose image it is."
Hope this helps clear things up. Veneration is not worship.
edit on 27-4-2011 by ShakaDoodle because: typo correction