Queen of Heaven

On October 11, 1954, Pope Pius XIII on October 11, 1954 promulgated an encyclical that was not worded in such a way as to conform to the requirements of an infallible dogma issued ex cathedra by a reigning pope. That papal letter, Ad Caeli Reginam, has a most impressive subtitle:

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII ON PROCLAIMING THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY TO THE VENERABLE BRETHREN, THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHIOPS, AND OTHER LOCAL ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE HOLY SEE [My emphasis]

Back in the time of Jeremiah, the people of Israel angered God by burning incense and making other sacrifices and offerings to the queen of heaven. All of chapter 44 of the Book of Jeremiah deals with the curse that God put upon them for having offended Him. These few verse offer an insight into the nature of the offense and of the curse:

17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.
18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?
20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,
21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind?
22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
Jeremiah 44:17-22

Interesting that a reigning pope should proclaim the Catholic version of the Virgin Mary to be the queen of heaven, a title identifying a pagan deity. Even more interesting that Catholics should worship, with hyperdulia, their Mary as the Jews of Jeremiah's day worshipped their pagan deity.

The real clincher, as far as I am concerned, that identifies the Mary mentioned in this encyclical as a pretender to the very Throne of God is in these words from that encyclical:

48. Let all, therefore, try to approach with greater trust the throne of grace and mercy of our Queen and Mother, and beg for strength in adversity, light in darkness, consolation in sorrow; above all let them strive to free themselves from the slavery of sin and offer an unceasing homage, filled with filial loyalty, to their Queenly Mother...[emphasis mine]

Only one time, in all the Bible, is mention made of the Throne of Grace, and the author of the Letter to the Hebrews is referring to the very throne of God Himself:

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews 4:16

The Catholic Church claims to be the fulfillment of Judaism. I reckon this is one more proof that is so, for she certainly continues to commit the sins of her Jewish antecedents.

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