Those of you who have been tracking with me for any length of time know my views on the Catholic Church: I believe that there is much in the Catholic faith that is worthy of respect and admiration, but I am content to admire from a distance. Today we are going to talk about one of the reasons why I am content to admire from a distance.
One word: Mary.
Some of you who have been tracking with me for a really long time will remember a series that I did a few years back about my view of Catholicism. In Part 3 of this series, I made the point that there are several aspects of Catholic belief that run contrary to the teaching of Scripture, and I detailed some of these. I made the point that recent Church pronouncements on Mary rival the Mormons for creativity.
And then I found this little piece from Scott Hahn in which Mary is likened to the Ark of the Covenant. Read it, if you will. Be warned, though: it is a very long read. But then, it’s summer right now; what else are you going to do while you’re kicking back at the pool or beach?
There is very little in the way of direct Scriptural evidence to support the doctrines of Mary that have been made into dogma in recent years, but Hahn does a masterful job of pulling out a little bit of Scripture and making it seem to do the trick.
It’s as if the Catholic Church is saying, “Do you really want to be part of the One True Church? Do you REALLY REALLY want it? How badly do you want it? Because if you want it bad enough, you WILL find a way to wrap your mind around all this and make it work.”
I think it would be more honest for the Catholic Church, in response to the question of why we have to believe all this stuff about Mary, to simply say “The Church teaches it” and leave it at that, rather than to send Scott Hahn out on some exegetical adventure to try and find a way to show that all of this is really connected to Scripture after all.