The Catholic Church does not worship Mary, nor does it consider her as
having anything of a divine nature. One of the very early councils of the
Church, I think the one in Nicea, defined Jesus Christ as both God and
man in an inseparable union, and to affirm that, indicated that Mary gave
birth to the entire person of Jesus, both divine and human, so the calling
of her to be the Mopther of God is a singular assertion of Christ's nature.
Mary is honoured or venerated in a very special way, but to say she is
worshipped would be to assert a heresy.
As I understand it, the Anglicans do subscribe to the same doctrines
of that early council.
Your highschool religious education is singularly lacking, it would seem,
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Worship of the Virgin Mary as nearly the fourth person of the Blessed Trinity is absent from Anglicanism. There are many other differences, such as confession made to a priest, but the Mother of God is a biggie. The Catholic church decided to incorporate Mary when efforts to ban Mary-worship failed.
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At risk of being pedantic, don't think TSE ever converted to 'catholicism'
He converted to the established Church of England, to the 'High Church / Anglo-Catholic' faction within it, but still to Protestant Anglicanism, as opposed to Roman Catholicism.
Theology isn't my interest, but believe there are fundamental cultural and theological differences here, not least Papal authority / infallibility.
Not to mention female priests !
In reality, it's all the spectrum of the very 'broad' Anglican Church - at one end, the Pope has sought to entice the Anglo-Catholics back to the Vatican fold, but at the other 'Low Church' end, this notion would be unthinkable.
And culturally, this does still matter a lot - just look at Northern Ireland and its troubles, for example.
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He grew up in a religious Christian home. That is known. No one has said otherwise. That is not the issue. It is a fact that at Harvard he attended Buddhist meetings and studied Eastern philosophy, but he did not become a Buddhist. What is there to demonstrate about his early Christian milieu that anyone denies?
>>> Chokh Raj 03/07/10 11:32 AM >>>
In the posts that follow, I intend taking up Eliot's preoccupation with Christian thought and imagery in the poetry he chose to publish before his formal conversion to Catholicism. What fascinates is the fervence, ardor and earnestness that he brings to bear upon his treatment of them. To me it is here, more than anywhere else, that one can trace the poet's essential rootedness in Christian belief.