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Mary Worship? A Study of Catholic Practice and Doctrine
http://www.biblebelievers.com/bennett/bennett_mary-worship.html

This strikes me as a well presented essay from a former Roman-Catholic Nun. She left the Church when she realised that she’d been practicing ‘Mary Worship’, placing Her above Jesus Christ and God.

I’ve already heard of and have already accepted that there is a distinct difference between Roman-Catholcism and The Bible. I struggle with which is truer to ‘original’ Christianity, which has become the least biased through the centuries. Without a doubt, both have been ‘adjusted’ by those in power over time, buT can’t help but wonder which is worse, whatever it is that ‘worse’ means.

I think I’ve actually made it clear that I like that ‘Goddess worship”-ness of Catholicism. I agree with many of the parallels drawn up by Ms. Collins. Not being a Christian myself, I have a different sort view of God and the inconceiveble entirety of his Whole-ness. I do believe that He is in all things and all people, in the good and in the destructive, in Mary and Jesus, and hey, Joseph too.Of course, my opinions don’t matter much. I just find it too bad that so many Christian sects are opposed to each other.

An adaptation for the Hail Mary.

Queen of Heaven, full of grace
Your child prays to thee.
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is all, the fruit of thy womb.

Holy Lady, Mother of All
Bless us with your wisdom and
Guide us through our darkest nights.

Amen

Mary Queen of Heaven
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven;
a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet,
and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
And she being with child cried, travailing in birth ….

And she brought forth a man child,
who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron:
and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne

Book of Revelations (12:1, 2 & 5)

Within the past few months I’ve been struggling to explain this fascination with The Virgin. So many Pagans hold Christianity in contempt for their past, for the persecution of Witches… Many Christian sects, in turn, consider Roman-Catholicism to be blasphemous because its idolization of Mary and Saints takes away from the worship of Christ and/or God.

She’s  so complex. She fascinates me. In Neo-Paganism we speak of many Mother Goddesses and how important they are.  She is the only one who resonates with me so. I guess this inarticulate exploration is above all a plea for understanding from my peers who generally wouldn’t “get it”.

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