RC theologians distinguish 3 kinds of cultus: latria, dulia, and hyperdulia. Latria (worship; adoration) is accorded only God; dulia (honor; reverence; veneration; homage) is accorded saints and angels in gen.; hyperdulia (higher dulia) is accorded Mary, gen. regarded in RCm as the noblest and holiest creature. Cultus involving a symbol is referred to the prototype, the cultus being regarded as applying only in a relative way to the symbol. See also Angels, Veneration of; Nicaea, Councils of, 2; Saints, Veneration of.
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