I have written previously about Jack Chick. You will recall that he is the prolific, fundamentalist anti-Catholic writer of absurd “tracts” attacking the faith. These cartoon exposés are packed full of blatant lies, half-truths and misrepresentations of our faith. They are ideal for the poorly catechized who are prone to believing what they read in comic book form without checking any of it for accuracy.
Don’t underestimate Chick’s influence. He has printed 750 million copies of this trash. Some churches distribute it.
One of the pieces in Chick’s portfolio is called “Why is Mary Crying?” attacking our veneration of the Mother of God. It is a shameful, offensive piece – one of many in his seemingly endless series.
Godwin Delali Adadzie is a recent convert in Ghana. Gadel writes an excellent apologetics blog called Catholic Fiction – Myths and Half-Truths Busted! (tag line: “So that NO SILLY ALLEGATION against Holy Mother Church, no matter how complex, should ever go unanswered again”).
Gadel’s latest piece looks at this Chick tract, point-by-point:
Is Mary the Mother of God?
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 KJV)
This is the very first indicator of Mary as the mother of God. Of course, Mary is a creature and did not create God. That is not the point over here. She is a creature that God the Father chose to bring forth His only Begotten Son. In other words Mary is the Mother of God the Son since Jesus is God.
Also, Saint Paul reminds us:
But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4-5 KJV)
The Scripture didn’t say Mary sinned either. Again I shall repeat what I’ve said already since Jack Chick likes to be repeating things in the hope of convincing / confusing his readers.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23 KJV)
All doesn’t means all but many as indicated in the original Koine Greek word used for all, “pantes”
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV)
The Bible makes it very clear that not all have died for example Enoch and Elijah and also not all will make it to heaven. This proves that all doesn’t always means every single person. A great case for Mary’s sinlessness as taught by the Catholic Church.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:1-5 KJV)
Catholics asking Mary to pray for them is just like asking a fellow Christian to pray for you, the only difference here is that Mary is closer to God, although we are all members of the same Body of Christ.
Praying to Mary neither takes away the sole mediatorship of Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church has never taught that Mary is the Mediator between God and men! The Blessed Virgin Mary’s intercessory prayer to Jesus on behalf of us is only possible because of Christ and her relationship to us through His Mystical Body, the Church.
The fact, that the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ, was made clear when Saul of Tarsus was persecuting the Church and Christ Jesus revealed to him on his journey to Damascus that he was persecuting Him.
And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (Acts 9:3-5 KJV)
The complete article is much longer and quite good. Read it at Why Is Mary Crying? Chick Cartoon Tracts.
On a related note, if you are Protestant and wonder what Catholics believe about Mary and why, there is a superb video I recommend. It will not only address your questions, but do so on a solidly scriptural basis. Please take a few minutes to view The Truth About Mary and Scripture.