Isn’t Calling Mary “Queen of Heaven” Idolatry?

False ideas and faulty logic

Question: Why do Catholics call Mary the Queen of Heaven? Doesn’t God rebuke the Israelites in the O.T. for worshipping a false goddess called the Queen of Heaven? Isn’t it wrong to refer to Mary with that title, therefore, since it is the title of a false goddess? 

Answer: In Jeremiah 7:18, God is indeed upset with the Israelites for worshipping a false goddess called the “queen of heaven”. However, just because God rebuked them for worshipping the false queen of heaven, doesn’t mean that we cannot pay honor to the true Queen of Heaven…the Blessed Mother.

That type of thinking would lead you to believe that just because people worship a false god that they call “god,” we, therefore, should not call the true God, by that same name…God…because that’s the same title the idolaters use for their god! That is faulty logic and it makes no sense whatsoever.

Again, the fact that there is a false “queen of heaven”, does not lead to the conclusion that we worship a false goddess when we call Mary the “Queen of Heaven.” Just as the fact that there is a false “god”, does not lead to the conclusion that we worship a false god when we call our Father in Heaven, God.

And there is a true Queen of Heaven, we see this quite clearly in Revelation 12:1, “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars…” Let’s see. There’s a woman…she’s in Heaven…and she has a crown on her head. I could be wrong, but I don’t think it’s the maid! No! It is the true Queen of Heaven, Mary, the mother of the male child who is to rule the nations.

We do not worship Mary, we honor her, just as Jesus honors her. So, there is absolutely nothing wrong, from a scriptural point of view, in calling Mary the Queen of Heaven, and in honoring her just as Jesus honors her.


John Martignoni | May 11, 2015

John Martignoni is a nationally-known Catholic apologist and Bible scholar. He is the Founder and President of the Bible Christian Society, where you can find lots of free apologetics materials — CD’s, mp3 downloads, e-newsletters, and more, and host of EWTN’s “Open Line” airing on Mondays at 3 p.m. EST. He is also Director of the Office of the New Evangelization in the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama.


  • Andrew Bora says:

    We Catholics, no matter how much we try to justify or tell the other denominations about Mary, they just don’t get it for some reason. Its sad that the Protesians fail to honor Mary. She is the Mother of Christ. How can you not honor someones mother? The Protestians are very good when it comes to knowledge on scriptures then how come they fail to get this. The good news is Our Lord Jesus Christ loves all, be it Catholics, Protestians and Orthodox. He just wants all the three pillars to just bend their heads and unite. Let go of the Ego.

    • Dang says:

      I like what you said, “Let go of the Ego” because of their Ego, they act so righteous! Imagine, some kid even told my daughter she’s not a Christian because she is Catholic! What kind of parents should teach their children to insult other kids! And claimed they know more about God?

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