Has the Church ever condemned any Marian devotions as idolatrous?


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Has the Church ever condemned any Marian devotions as idolatrous?

Answer

Yes. In the fourth to fifth centuries there was a heresy known as Collyridianism, in which the adherents treated the Virgin Mary as a goddess by offering to her a bread sacrifice during their liturgies. The primary defender of the orthodox Catholic position was St. Ephiphanius of Salamis in his work Panarion.


Michelle Arnold