We'll stop worshiping the epicenter of Christ's cardiovascular system when you all stop worshiping Icons, and don't you dare say that I'm lying about your worship of Icons because it is completely obvious that you're Icon worshipers. As an outsider, I am just as informed and knowledgeable about Eastern Orthodoxy as someone who is actually Eastern Orthodox.
Apparently, you aren't as "knowledgeable" as you seem to think you are. We do not "worship" icons. We venerate them, just as we venerate the saints.
We worship only God, for He is our Creator, and He alone can forgive us and save us.
He "knows" that, Liza. Wyatt is just trying to be sarcastic and funny and, as usual, failing.
Or perhaps he's succeeding, as it just feeds his martyr complex.
Well Wyatt, we have an encyclical of a Pope actually saying that worship is due to Christ's body parts as to Christ Himself because, well, they are parts of him and that would not make any difference. Besides that proclamation of a Pope we have shown the understanding of knowledgeable Romans who produced a much consulted encyclopedia and who faithfuly repeat that worship is due to the fleshly heart. So a Pope says it, knowledgeable Romans understand it that way and we are to believe you and Maria just because here these statements are questioned and you can't come with any better answer and that quoted authoritative texts of first sources should be put in second place for random internet websites that are more agreeable? Please.
Icons, on the other hand, were institutionalized with a very clear distinction between worship and veneration. The Sacred Heart "veneration" in official documents and explanations, on the other hand, is defined as due worship.
I'm sorry, but I started this topic with my general knowledge of Roman devotions from around my Roman environment and in closer inspection of Roman official documents I can't any longer consider it just a slightly misworded but worthy veneration. It is a dowright heresy, on par with the old worship of the Name of God, having the same reasonings and modus pensandi, just different objects.
A true *veneration* of the Love of God could still emerge in a Orthodox Catholic context, not reinterpreting the patristic concept of heart but just applying it theologically to God. It's iconography would not be any body part but the Theophany icons where God, who is love, expresses Himself in the divine Uncreated Light that is the radiance of His heart.
God is wholy love. The Father is love. The Son is Love. The Holy Spirit is love. The love of God for mankind's emanates equally from God as whole, his "heart" being his ever invisible essence. The visible manifestation of God is also the visible manifestation of God Himself: Jesus Christ in the fullness of His life, His body, His death and His resurrection. Worship of His heart, like worship of His name, is a demonic temptation that tries to blur and finally cause a spiritual shortsightness that will eventually blind us to love manifest in Jesus.
Honestly this realization scandalizes me more than filioque or papal supremacy. It is the kind of petty mistake that I would expect from fringe cult groups, not from a respectable institution as the Roman church. It is even a bit disappointing.