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"CALL NO MAN FATHER," and yet…
Acts 7:2, Romans 9:10, 1 Corinthians 4:14-15 and Philemon 10
"NO CONFESSION TO A PRIEST," and yet…
Matthew 18:18, John 20:21-23 and 2 Corinthians 5:18,20
"NO PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD/MARY/SAINTS?"
OP, you cite Deut. 18:10-11 but, this passage is condemning conjuring up the dead through wizards and mediums, not praying to saints. Additionally, the Saints and angels in heaven pray for us: the saints surround us (Heb 11-12:1). In Rev. 5:8-14 and Rev. 8:3-4, we see the angels in heaven and those in the heavenly court offering up the prayers of God’s faithful here on Earth. We know that they are doing this because the word used for God’s faithful in Greek is “hagios" and this word, in context, is used in Rev. 11:18 to describe those who believe in God and have suffered for God on Earth. In Rev. 13:7 “hagios” is used to denote those whom evil is attempting to overcome and, since a saint in heave cannot be overcome by evil, “hagios” here must mean those of us on Earth fighting off temptation each and every day. Therefore, through Christ our mediator, we must conclude that there is a connectivity between those in heaven and those here on earth.
Therefore, per Scripture, those in heaven can and do offer up our prayers, and thus, intercede for us.
"MARY IS A CO-MEDIATRIX?"
Calling Mary a co-Redeemer or co-Mediator DOES NOT place her on equal level with Christ. It is thus important to note that the prefix “co” in the title Co-redemptrix does not mean “equal to” but rather “with”, coming from the Latin word cum. The Marian title co-Redemptrix/Mediatrix never places Mary on a level of equality with her Divine Son, Jesus Christ. Rather it refers to Mary’s unique human participation which is completely secondary and subordinate to the redeeming role of Jesus, who alone is true God and true Man. Co-redemptrix and co-Mediatrix do not mean “co-Savior.”
At the Annunciation, Mary’s free and active “yes” to the invitation of the angel mediates to the world Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the world and the Author of all graces (Lk. 1:38). For this unique participation in giving to the Redeemer his body and mediating the Source of all graces to the world, Mary can rightly be called both “Co-redemptrix” and “Mediatrix of all graces” as one who uniquely shares in the one mediation of Jesus Christ.
"NO IDOL WORSHIP" and yet…