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Statues...He. She. Him. Her. It.

March 15, 2017

Do Catholics refer to the statue of Mary in pronoun, singular nominative she, possessive objective (her or hers) and why not?

Statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints are ways that Roman Catholics honor and preserve their memory, through visual means in our every day life.


Many are familiar with the expression, “out of sight, out of mind?” As Roman Catholics, we should never want Jesus, and Mary, and the example of the saints to be out of sight or out of mind, but be forever enduring in our hearts, mind and in our every day lives.


At the same time one must realize these statues only represents the image of Jesus or Mary or the Saints.  In English grammar all objects or things can be referred to using the pronoun, “it.”  However, in the Church all objects or things that are used are always referred to by its proper name (Proper or Common Noun).  The pronoun, “it” should never be used as a matter of respect.  The pronoun he/him or she/her in reference to statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints are not used to avoid idolatry."Idolatry is a perversion of man’s innate religious sense. An idolater is someone who ‘transfers his indestructible notion of God to anything other than God’" (CCC 2114).   However, spoken language for simplicity some may use the pronoun he/him or she/her for statues representing the male or female gender this must be avoided because this brings about confusion and the notion of idolatry. 


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