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Why does the Roman Catholic Church
adore Jesus' mother so much ?

The Catholic mariology book, The Virgin Mary, makes this remarkable admission : "According to the faith and discipline of the Church, devotion to Mary is not necessary for the winning of God's love; otherwise, the first six centuries would stand condemned. The creeds hardly speak at all of the Virgin. The liturgy of the sacraments does not mention her. The prayers of the Mass rarely name her" (The Virgin Mary, Guitton, 178-179).

I heard a Mariologist claim on the Catholic EWT network that next to Jesus the person most mentioned was Jesus' mother, Mary. This is a great example of the shoddy kind of authoritative statement that passes for "scholarship" in the Catholic world.
        That didn't seem right to me; so I used the Quickverse software did the following quick search (with .
        Between the 21 references to her by her function ( i.e. the "mother" of Jesus - without her name), and the roughly 23 references to her by her name (listed below), Jesus' mother Mary is mentioned about 44 times in various combinations in the four Gospels. ( The total number of references to Mary by name in the Gospels of Mark and John appears to be 0 ! ).

Jesus' mother Mary is mentioned
about 44 times in the four Gospels :

  1. (Mat 1:16 TLB) "Jacob was the father of Joseph (who was the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ the Messiah)."
  2. (Mat 1:18) "These are the facts concerning the birth of Jesus Christ: His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit."
  3. (Mat 1:20) "As he lay awake considering this, he fell into a dream, and saw an angel standing beside him. "Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "don't hesitate to take Mary as your wife! For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit."
  4. (Mat 1:24) "When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel commanded and brought Mary home to be his wife,"
  5. (Mat 2:11) "Entering the house where the baby and Mary, his mother, were, they threw themselves down before him, worshiping. Then they opened their presents and gave him gold, frankincense, and myrrh."
  6. (Mat 2:14) "That same night he left for Egypt with Mary and the baby,"
  7. (Mat 13:55) "How is this possible?" the people exclaimed. "He's just a carpenter's son, and we know Mary his mother and his brothers--James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas."
  8. (Luke 1:27) "to a virgin, Mary, engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David."
  9. (Luke 1:29) "Confused and disturbed, -Mary- tried to think what the angel could mean."
  10. (Luke 1:30) "Don't be frightened, Mary," the angel told her, "for God has decided to wonderfully bless you!"
  11. (Luke 1:34) "-Mary- asked the angel, "But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin."
  12. (Luke 1:38) "Mary said, "I am the Lord's servant, and I am willing to do whatever he wants. May everything you said come true." And then the angel disappeared."
  13. (Luke 1:39) "A few days later Mary hurried to the highlands of Judea"
  14. (Luke 1:42) "She gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, "You are favored by God above all other women, and your child is destined for God's mightiest praise."
  15. (Luke 1:46) "Mary responded, "Oh, how I praise the Lord."
  16. (Luke 1:56) "Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back to her own home."
  17. (Luke 2:5) "He took with him Mary, his fiancee, who was obviously pregnant by this time."
  18. (Luke 2:16) "They ran to the village and found their way to Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger."
  19. (Luke 2:19) "but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them."
  20. (Luke 2:27) "The Holy Spirit had impelled him to go to the Temple that day; and so, when Mary and Joseph arrived to present the baby Jesus to the Lord in obedience to the law,"
  21. (Luke 2:33) "Joseph and Mary just stood there, marveling at what was being said about Jesus."
  22. (Luke 2:34) "Simeon blessed them but then said to Mary, "A sword shall pierce your soul, for this child shall be rejected by many in Israel, and this to their undoing."
  23. (Luke 2:38) "She came along just as Simeon was talking with Mary and Joseph, and she also began thanking God and telling everyone in Jerusalem who had been awaiting the coming of the Savior that the Messiah had finally arrived."

This history may explain why the Catholic Mariology book, T he Virgin Mary, makes this remarkable admission : "According to the faith and discipline of the Church, devotions to Mary is not necessary for the winning of God's love; otherwise, the first six centuries would stand condemned. The creeds hardly speak at all of the Virgin. The liturgy of the sacraments does not mention her. The prayers of the Mass rarely name her" (The Virgin Mary, Guitton, 178-179).

there are about 84 references to
John the Baptist in the Gospel :

  1. (Mat 3:1) "While they were living in Nazareth, John the Baptist began preaching out in the Judean wilderness. His constant theme was,"
  2. (Mat 3:13) "Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized there by John."
  3. (Mat 3:14) "John didn't want to do it. "This isn't proper," he said. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you."
  4. (Mat 3:15) "But Jesus said, "Please do it, for I must do all that is right." So then John baptized him."
  5. (Mat 4:12) "When Jesus heard that John had been arrested,"
  6. (Mat 9:14) "One day the disciples of John the Baptist came to Jesus and asked him, "Why don't your disciples fast as we do and as the Pharisees do?"
  7. (Mat 11:2) "John the Baptist , who was now in prison, heard about all the miracles the Messiah was doing, so he sent his disciples to ask Jesus,"
  8. (Mat 11:4) "Jesus told them, "Go back to John and tell him about the miracles you've seen me do--"
  9. (Mat 11:7) "When John's disciples had gone, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. "When you went out into the barren wilderness to see John , what did you expect him to be like? Grass blowing in the wind?"
  10. (Mat 11:10) "For John is the man mentioned in the Scriptures--a messenger to precede me, to announce my coming, and prepare people to receive me."
  11. (Mat 11:11) "Truly, of all men ever born, none shines more brightly than John the Baptist . And yet, even the lesser lights in the Kingdom of Heaven will be greater than he is!"
  12. (Mat 11:12) "And from the time John the Baptist began preaching and baptizing until now, ardent multitudes have been crowding toward the Kingdom of Heaven,"
  13. (Mat 11:13) "for all the laws and prophets looked forward (to the Messiah). Then John appeared,"
  14. (Mat 11:18) "For John the Baptist doesn't even drink wine and often goes without food, and you say, 'He's crazy.'"
  15. (Mat 14:2) "he said to his men, "This must be John the Baptist , come back to life again. That is why he can do these miracles."
  16. (Mat 14:3) "For Herod had arrested John and chained him in prison at the demand of his wife Herodias, his brother Philip's ex-wife,"
  17. (Mat 14:4) "because John had told him it was wrong for him to marry her."
  18. (Mat 14:5) "He would have killed John but was afraid of a riot, for all the people believed John was a prophet."
  19. (Mat 14:8) "Consequently, at her mother's urging, the girl asked for John the Baptist 's head on a tray."
  20. (Mat 14:10) "So John was beheaded in the prison,"
  21. (Mat 16:14) "Well," they replied, "some say John the Baptist ; some, Elijah; some, Jeremiah or one of the other prophets."
  22. (Mat 21:25) "Was John the Baptist sent from God or not?" They talked it over among themselves. "If we say, 'From God,'" they said, "then he will ask why we didn't believe what John said."
  23. (Mat 21:32) "For John the Baptist told you to repent and turn to God, and you wouldn't, while very evil men and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to repent, and so you couldn't believe."
  24. (Mark 1:4) "This messenger was John the Baptist . He lived in the wilderness and taught that all should be baptized as a public announcement of their decision to turn their backs on sin, so that God could forgive them."
  25. (Mark 1:5) "People from Jerusalem and from all over Judea traveled out into the Judean wastelands to see and hear John , and when they confessed their sins he baptized them in the Jordan River."
  26. (Mark 1:9) "Then one day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and was baptized by John there in the Jordan River."
  27. (Mark 1:14) "Later on, after John was arrested by King Herod, Jesus went to Galilee to preach God's Good News."
  28. (Mark 6:14) "King Herod soon heard about Jesus, for his miracles were talked about everywhere. The king thought Jesus was John the Baptist come back to life again. So the people were saying, "No wonder he can do such miracles."
  29. (Mark 6:16) "No," Herod said, "it is John , the man I beheaded. He has come back from the dead."
  30. (Mark 6:17) "For Herod had sent soldiers to arrest and imprison John "
  31. (Mark 6:19) "Herodias wanted John killed in revenge, but without Herod's approval she was powerless."
  32. (Mark 6:20) "And Herod respected John , knowing that he was a good and holy man, and so he kept him under his protection. Herod was disturbed whenever he talked with John , but even so he liked to listen to him."
  33. (Mark 6:24) "She went out and consulted her mother, who told her, "Ask for John the Baptist 's head!"
  34. (Mark 6:25) "So she hurried back to the king and told him, "I want the head of John the Baptist --right now--on a tray!"
  35. (Mark 6:27) "So he sent one of his bodyguards to the prison to cut off John 's head and bring it to him. The soldier killed John in the prison,"
  36. (Mark 8:28) "Some of them think you are John the Baptist ," the disciples replied, "and others say you are Elijah or some other ancient prophet come back to life again."
  37. (Mark 11:30) "What about John the Baptist ? Was he sent by God, or not? Answer me!"
  38. (Mark 11:32) "But if we say God didn't send him, then the people will start a riot." (For the people all believed strongly that John was a prophet.)"
  39. (Luke 1:13) "But the angel said, "Don't be afraid, Zacharias! For I have come to tell you that God has heard your prayer, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son! And you are to name him John ."
  40. (Luke 1:60) "But Elizabeth said, "No! He must be named John !"
  41. (Luke 1:63) "He motioned for a piece of paper and to everyone's surprise wrote, "His name is John !"
  42. (Luke 3:1) "In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Caesar, a message came from God to John (the son of Zacharias), as he was living out in the deserts. (Pilate was governor over Judea at that time; Herod, over Galilee; his brother Philip, over Iturea and Trachonitis; Lysanias, over Abilene; and Annas and Caiaphas were High Priests.)"
  43. (Luke 3:3) "Then John went from place to place on both sides of the Jordan River, preaching that people should be baptized to show that they had turned to God and away from their sins, in order to be forgiven."
  44. (Luke 3:4) "In the words of Isaiah the prophet, John was "a voice shouting from the barren wilderness, 'Prepare a road for the Lord to travel on! Widen the pathway before him!"
  45. (Luke 3:14) "And us," asked some soldiers, "what about us?" John replied, "Don't extort money by threats and violence; don't accuse anyone of what you know he didn't do; and be content with your pay!"
  46. (Luke 3:15) "Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and eager to know whether or not John was he. This was the question of the hour and was being discussed everywhere."
  47. (Luke 3:16) "John answered the question by saying, "I baptize only with water; but someone is coming soon who has far higher authority than mine; in fact, I am not even worthy of being his slave. He will baptize you with fire--with the Holy Spirit."
  48. (Luke 3:19) "(But after John had publicly criticized Herod, governor of Galilee, for marrying Herodias, his brother's wife, and for many other wrongs he had done,"
  49. (Luke 3:20) "Herod put John in prison, thus adding this sin to all his many others.)"
  50. (Luke 5:33) "Their next complaint was that Jesus' disciples were feasting instead of fasting. "John the Baptist 's disciples are constantly going without food and praying," they declared, "and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. Why are yours wining and dining?"
  51. (Luke 7:18) "The disciples of John the Baptist soon heard of all that Jesus was doing. When they told John about it,"
  52. (Luke 7:22) "this was his reply: "Go back to John and tell him all you have seen and heard here today: how those who were blind can see. The lame are walking without a limp. The lepers are completely healed. The deaf can hear again. The dead come back to life. And the poor are hearing the Good News."
  53. (Luke 7:24) "After they left, Jesus talked to the crowd about John . "Who is this man you went out into the Judean wilderness to see?" he asked. "Did you find him weak as grass, moved by every breath of wind?"
  54. (Luke 7:28) "In all humanity there is no one greater than John . And yet the least citizen of the Kingdom of God is greater than he."
  55. (Luke 7:29) "And all who heard John preach--even the most wicked of them--agreed that God's requirements were right, and they were baptized by him."
  56. (Luke 7:33) "For John the Baptist used to go without food and never took a drop of liquor all his life, and you said, 'He must be crazy!'"
  57. (Luke 9:7) "When reports of Jesus' miracles reached Herod, the governor, he was worried and puzzled, for some were saying, "This is John the Baptist come back to life again";"
  58. (Luke 9:9) "I beheaded John ," Herod said, "so who is this man about whom I hear such strange stories?" And he tried to see him."
  59. (Luke 9:19) "John the Baptist ," they told him, "or perhaps Elijah or one of the other ancient prophets risen from the dead."
  60. (Luke 9:49) "His disciple John came to him and said, "Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons. And we told him not to. After all, he isn't in our group."
  61. (Luke 11:1) "Once when Jesus had been out praying, one of his disciples came to him as he finished and said, "Lord, teach us a prayer to recite just as John taught one to his disciples."
  62. (Luke 16:16) "Until John the Baptist began to preach, the laws of Moses and the messages of the prophets were your guides. But John introduced the Good News that the Kingdom of God would come soon. And now eager multitudes are pressing in."
  63. (Luke 20:4) "Was John sent by God, or was he merely acting under his own authority?"
  64. (Luke 20:6) "But if we say John was not sent from God, the people will mob us, for they are convinced that he was a prophet."
  65. (John 1:6) "God sent John the Baptist as a witness to the fact that Jesus Christ is the true Light."
  66. (John 1:8) "John himself was not the Light; he was only a witness to identify it."
  67. (John 1:15) "John pointed him out to the people, telling the crowds, "This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'Someone is coming who is greater by far than I am--for he existed long before I did!'"
  68. (John 1:19) "The Jewish leaders sent priests and assistant priests from Jerusalem to ask John whether he claimed to be the Messiah."
  69. (John 1:26) "John told them, "I merely baptize with water, but right here in the crowd is someone you have never met,"
  70. (John 1:28) "This incident took place at Bethany, a village on the other side of the Jordan River where John was baptizing."
  71. (John 1:29) "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the world's sin!"
  72. (John 1:32) "Then John told about seeing the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove descending from heaven and resting upon Jesus."
  73. (John 1:33) "I didn't know he was the one," John said again, "but at the time God sent me to baptize he told me, 'When you see the Holy Spirit descending and resting upon someone--he is the one you are looking for. He is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.'"
  74. (John 1:35) "The following day as John was standing with two of his disciples,"
  75. (John 1:36) "Jesus walked by. John looked at him intently and then declared, "See! There is the Lamb of God!"
  76. (John 3:23) "At this time John the Baptist was not yet in prison. He was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there."
  77. (John 3:26) "So they came to John and said, "Master, the man you met on the other side of the Jordan River--the one you said was the Messiah--he is baptizing too, and everybody is going over there instead of coming here to us."
  78. (John 3:27) "John replied, "God in heaven appoints each man's work."
  79. (John 4:1) "When the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard about the greater crowds coming to him than to John to be baptized and to become his disciples--( though Jesus himself didn't baptize them, but his disciples did)--"
  80. (John 5:32) "but someone else, yes, John the Baptist , is making these claims for me too."
  81. (John 5:35) "John shone brightly for a while, and you benefited and rejoiced,"
  82. (John 5:36) "but I have a greater witness than John . I refer to the miracles I do; these have been assigned me by the Father, and they prove that the Father has sent me."
  83. (John 10:40) "and went beyond the Jordan River to stay near the place where John was first baptizing."
  84. (John 10:41) "And many followed him. "John didn't do miracles," they remarked to one another, "but all his predictions concerning this man have come true."

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