Do Roman Catholics pray to Mary?

The answer is “yes” but don’t ask a Roman Catholic. On numerous occasions I’ve been told by Roman Catholics that they do not pray to Mary. They explain their use of the Ave Maria and other prayers as requests for Mary to pray for them, not as prayers to Mary. So, what’s the deal?

Generally, I find that the average Roman Catholic (and your average Evangelical Protestant, to be fair) does not know the Bible or the particular teachings of his church. The Catechism of the [Roman] Catholic Church confirms my suspicion; the official teaching of the RCC is not confused about the question of whether her people pray to Mary… Continue reading