The Council of Trent states that in images there is no divinity or “virtue, on account of which they are to be worshipped.”

The true use of images, now the danger of idolatry has passed away from Christian nations, admits of historical representations in art. Images, according to the Tridentine definition, are to be retained and honored, but abuses by the ignorant are to be removed. The object of images is to set Christ, His Blessed Mother, the saints and angels before our eyes, while the council adds that “the honor which is given to them is referred to the objects which they represent, so that through the images which we kiss, and before which we uncover our heads and kneel, we adore Christ and venerate the saints, whose likenesses they are.”

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “images”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>