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To: AFPhys
Catholics do NOT PRAY TO (venerate) a saint. They “pray” (request) that saint intercede for them at the throne of God, where they have earned a place of honor.

I think you meant to say that Catholics do not WORSHIP saints. Worship is for God, and for God alone. Catholics do VENERATE saints, in a manner similar to the way everyone venerates even non-Church heroes, such as General Patton, or President Lincoln, for eample. Veneration is NOT worship, however. Not even close.

Good point about intercessory prayer. We can always ask the Saints in heaven to pray for us, the same way we can ask each other here on earth to pray for us. However, asking a Saint in heaven to pray FOR us, is not the same as praying TO a Saint. Big diff there. Catholics pray only to God. The news media, and others, frequently fail to make this very important distinction.

5 posted on 08/06/2009 2:00:08 PM PDT by Zetman
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To: Zetman

>>The news media, and others, frequently fail to make this very important distinction.<<

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It is either a distinction they’re unaware of or a deliberate attempt to spread erroneous information. Just like the muslim teaching that Christians believe in three gods.


6 posted on 08/06/2009 2:09:01 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Zetman

thank you for the correction. I was groping for the correct word and didn’t come up with worship- you did and I thank you for that.


7 posted on 08/06/2009 4:56:05 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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