Recently, Pope Francis released his first major work; an encyclical (letter) to the Roman Catholic bishops of the world. This encyclical is quite lengthy (20+ pages) and is reported to have been a joint effort between the current pope, Francis, and his predecessor, Benedict XVI. While I have not yet read much of the document, the closing prayer clearly shows that Roman Catholicism remains a heretical church that worships idols. Instead of praying to the Father as Jesus directed, or praying to Jesus himself, Francis finishes by praying instead to Mary. The following is taken directly from the Vatican website:
Let us turn in prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith. Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call… (Lumen Fidei).
First, I have often heard Roman Catholics argue that they do not pray “to” Mary, but “through” her. The words of their very own pope contradict that claim. This alone is idolatry. The contents of this prayer are also blasphemous as it attributes to Mary abilities that are God’s alone:
- Mary is not the Mother of our faith. It is Jesus who is the “founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
- Mary cannot help our faith. It is God who sent the Holy Spirit to reside in our hearts (Galatians 4:6), and it is the Holy Spirit who “helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26) and “intercedes for us” (Romans 8:26).
- Mary cannot open our ears to hear God’s word and recognize his voice and call. The Bible clearly teaches that God grants us the ability to hear his word and to come to Jesus (John 6:65, Philippians 1:29, 2 Timothy 2:25).
In just the first two lines of this prayer, we see both the false worship of Mary and the assigning of divine attributes to Mary. This is idolatry and a clear breaking of God’s commandments.