Why Do Catholics Use Statues?


Our Lady of Sorrows statue

Why do Catholics use statues?

  1. SOURCE Disciples of Mary – “The temple of Solomon had statues within its courts.”

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2. SOURCE Fr. Brice Higginbotham – “The statues of the saints show us what our Christian family is about.”

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3. SOURCE Allison Low – “God commanded images to be made.”

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4. SOURCE Catholic Answers – “Jesus wills that we do these things.”

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5. SOURCE Catholic Truth – Seeing an image of a saint brings to mind the life of that saint.

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6. SOURCE Catholic Answers – “God uses ‘stuff.’ He uses the physical world to be instruments whereby He brings His blessing to His people.”

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SOURCE LoVe – Interview with Steve Ray – “There’s a new princess in England and her name is going to be Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. … When people approach her they’re going to bow to her, and they bow to her mother, and they bow to her grandmother. Yet none of the Catholics in England who bow down to this new princess or to her mother or to her grandmother think that they’re worshiping her or that they’re doing anything that contradicts the Bible. A simple, just a little example: Statues are representations of something and just because we bow to something does not automatically say that we’re worshiping it.”

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7. SOURCE Catholic Answers – “Solomon didn’t worship his mother when he bowed to her in 1 Kings 2:19. It was simply a gesture of honor given her as queen mother. Jesus Himself says in Revelation 3:9 that He will makes those at the synagogue of Satan bow down before the feet of the Christians in Philadelphia.”

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8. SOURCE Dr Taylor Marshall- The reverence we have for a statue of Mary is the same as the reverence that we have for a general or for the American flag.

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9. SOURCE Ascension Presents – Fr. Mike Schmitz : “Those images are simply reminders of God’s goodness.”

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10. SOURCE The Catholic Rebel – “Catholics use statues, paintings, and other artistic devices to recall the person being depicted.” “God forbade the worship of statues, but He did not forbid the religious use of statues.”

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