Forty Answers to “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic”: #17

Thanks for joining me today as we continue our series examining and responding to Catholic apologist and philosopher, Peter Kreeft’s book, “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic” (2018).

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Claim #17: I am a Catholic because of my mother

The reader might mistakenly assume from the title of this chapter that Kreeft is going to give credit to his Dutch Reformed mother for his initial “conversion” to Roman Catholicism and his continuation as a member. Such is not the case. By “mother,” Kreeft is referring to Mary, who Catholics venerate/worship as their spiritual mother. He writes, “(Mary) loves me and watches over me as any good mother does her child” (p. 59). Kreeft cites John 19:27, “Behold, your mother!,” which is Roman Catholicism’s primary scriptural “proof-text” for Mary’s exalted status as Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix.* Kreeft continues by citing Mary’s humble obedience, as recorded in the initial passages of Luke, as the example for all Catholics. He also claims the Roman church shares with Mary (or rather, is endowed by Mary with) the role of spiritual mother as “Mother Church.”

Response

The mother goddess was one of the most exalted deities in Greek, Roman, and Mesopotamian pagan religions as the patron of fertility and motherly nurture. The increasingly institutionalized early Christian church regrettably adapted many pagan beliefs and practices, including worship of the mother goddess. The Collyridian sect introduced Marian veneration/worship into the church in the 4th Century, and Marian devotion quickly spread (see “The Virgin” (1976) by noted historian, Geoffrey Ashe). Marian devotees extrapolated from John 19:27 and a few other Bible passages a complex Mariology, which semi-deifies Mary and exalts her as Mediatrix and Co-Redemptrix. Catholics ascribe to Mary the offices held solely by Jesus Christ as Mediator and Redeemer. Mary plays a large/co-preeminent role in Catholic soteriology (salvation system) as many Catholics pray to Mary, futilely seeking her assistance, as they attempt to merit Heaven.

In Scripture, Mary is an example of humble obedience to the Lord and she would be horrified by Rome’s blasphemous semi-deification of her. The Holy Spirit included two passages in Scripture that specifically counter the very type of veneration/worship that Catholicism accords to Mary:

“As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!’ But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!’” – Luke 11:27-28.

“While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ He replied to him, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ Pointing to his disciples, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’” – Matthew 12:46-50

When I read the New Testament for the first time as a Roman Catholic, I was absolutely shocked to see that Mary, with her co-preeminent status in RC theology, is not mentioned at all after Acts 1:14! If Mary is the all-important “Mediatrix of all graces” and “Co-Redemptrix” with Christ as Rome claims, then why didn’t Paul and the other apostles, as guided by the Holy Spirit, mention her at all in their epistles? Marian devotion is a prime example of Catholic “sacred tradition” subverting and supplanting God’s Word. The Roman Catholic church’s exaltation and veneration/worship of Mary is a distinguishing heretical mark of its total apostasy.

*Although the RCC has not officially defined the dogma of Mary as Co-Redemptrix in deference to ecumenism, the doctrine is prevalent throughout Catholicism. Pope John Paul II publicly referred to Mary as Co-Redemptrix at least six times (see here).

Next week: Claim #18: I am a Catholic because of the angels, and their invisible and anonymous mediation

23 thoughts on “Forty Answers to “Forty Reasons I Am A Catholic”: #17

  1. Her name was Miriam, and she was a righteous Jewish girl whom God used in a mighty way. She then went on to have children of her own and died. She is now with the Lord in the same capacity as all other departed believers. Tough stuff to swallow for Roman Catholics!

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    1. Thanks, David. Yeah, having grown up in RC-ism where Mary was accorded co-preeminence with Christ, I was shocked when I read the New Testament for the first time while in my mid-twenties (and while still a Catholic) and saw that Scripture contradicted Catholic Mariolatry.

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  2. Her name was Miriam, and she was a righteous Jewish girl whom God used in a mighty way. She went on to have children of her own and died. She is now with the Lord in the same capacity as all other departed believers. Tough stuff to swallow for Roman Catholics!

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  3. Yes, I initially thought he was crediting his birth mother for his faith but exalting Mary is a high point of Catholic heresy.
    The diefication of Mary is the most obvious separation from Christianity.
    Good points here brother, undeniable for anyone into ecumenicalism.
    Have a good 🍁🍂🍃🍁 weekend Tom!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa Beth! There are many irreconcilable differences between Gospel Christianity and Roman Catholicism and some require a bit of analysis to cut through the Catholic sophistry (like Catholic soteriology vs. Gospel soteriology), but Catholicism’s veneration/worship of Mary is blatantly blasphemous and idolatrous.

      Thanks, Lisa Beth, and enjoy your weekend as well!

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  4. Wow I didn’t expect him to not talk about his biological mother, but Mary. But then I hit myself in the forehead as I should expect it with the Mary theology of Romanism! This is one further reason why one should reject Romanism instead of a reason to be Catholic. Thanks for sharing your journey too with reading the NT and how that led you to be suspicious of the Roman Catholic church’s focus and emphasis on Mary

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    1. Thanks! I will admit it takes some digging to understand the difference between Catholicism’s and Gospel Christianity’s respective soteriologies because of similar phraseology, but the RCC’s Mariolatry is blatant in its heterodoxy.

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  5. Ha, I am a fool because I was thinking he was going to write on his earthly mom! I did wonder at first how this would work since he was raised Protestant. Talk about taking the feminine too far! I also think that Kreeft is taking the two natures of man being like Christ too far. Christ never had a sin nature, we do and we will contend with our sin nature until we are with Jesus. I’m not even going to waste our time and write how hellacious it is to equate baptism with eternity and Mary as the symbol for Mother Church. His thoughts on Mary being the most powerful over the Devil are new to me. It is blasphemous to compare Jesus to Lao-tzu’s Tao. Are we to all start singing, “Let it Be” in response to Kreeft’s ideas of work and humility?! This is not Marian! This guy is unreal when it comes to the absolute rubbish that he speaks!

    You have addressed Mary far better than I ever could. Thank you for this! I hope you Friday work shift is better than most!

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    1. Thanks for all of the good comments! Yup, Kreeft’s and Catholicism’s preoccupation with (and deification of) Mary is so anti-Christian. Thanks for bringing up Kreeft’s reverential treatment of Lao-tzu’s “Tao Te Ching.” So bad, but typical of RC-ism’s ecumenical syncretism.

      RE: work shift
      Thanks! Yesterday was brutal. Will hit it hard again today in hopes of coasting a few hours on Sunday. Hope you have a nice weekend!

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      1. Oh man hope you have a good work day tomorrow! It’s been a busy weekend here. We had a Christmas gathering with friends on Friday night and then made very long trek to and from my brothers having Christmas with them. Will you be off all weekend next week?!

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      2. Thanks! Going in 1 hour early today make sure we finish everything. You’ve had a busy weekend. Hope you can R&R today. We’re off 24-25-26 weekend and come back Jan 1. Twelve days off! They asked me to come in and work, but that is NOT going to happen. Enjoy your Sunday!

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