Q. Do Catholics adore the Virgin Mary?
No! Catholics honour Mary but they do not adore her. Supreme worship or adoration is due to God alone. Mary is not on a par with God. She is one of his creatures ... but she is the greatest of his creatures because he chose her, above all others, to be the mother of God the Son made man, Jesus Christ. God was the first to honour Mary ... he sent an angel to her with the message “Hail full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women” (Luke 1,28). Catholics are but following God’s example when they also honour Mary. This honour is always short of adoration which is due to God alone.