The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not actually introduced to Roman Catholic people in Latin America because only Marian doctrines are taught to them. That is the main reason that the Protestant church is so liberating to former Catholics—the gospel of Jesus Christ brings freedom from the mistaken idea that we can come to God only through “la Virgen.”
Doctrinal statements in Roman Catholicism talk clearly about the veneration (doulia) of Mary, not the worship (or adoration, latreia) of Mary. In any kind of academic theological arena, Catholic theologians will emphasize the word “veneration” rather than “adoration.”
Enrique Gonzales is pastor of El Mesias United Methodist Church in Elgin, Illinois. Before studying at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, he attended a Methodist seminary and served Methodist churches in his native Mexico.