Faith of Our Fathers, p. 14, C.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons: "Of course the Catholic church claims that the change was her act.
And the act is the MARK of her
ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters."
Thus the way was opened to lead people to worship the Beast, and receive his
mark.Also the way was opened to "worship the image of the beast."An image is a replica of an original.There are millions of people who are not "worshiping the beast," but they do worship its image.