The New Testament word describing the sin of worshipping other than the
true God. It comes from two Greek words meaning image for worship and to
render religious homage. From the latter word comes the word latria, the
unique worship of God. Idolatry is a sin (Roman Catholics say a mortal
BASIC R.C. BELIEF
According to Roman Catholic definition, idolatry is worship of any but the
true God. Although for centuries they neglected the commandment "Thou shalt
not make unto thee any graven image; thou shalt not bow down thyself to
them, etc.," by merging it with their first commandment. It is now admitted
that this is a Divine command. They say this doesn't mean their images
which only remind them of God, and only receive limited devotion.
POST VATICAN II
Many progressive Roman Catholics have removed images from their churches.
In more conservative circles, homage paid to images in superstitious
veneration disobeys God's command.
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