Those poor Protestants tend to use this verse to dismantle Catholic and Orthodox Mariology.
Jeremiah 7:18—“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.” (NRSV-CE)
They also use verses 44:16-19, 25 for the same purposes. It’s sad…they have no femininity in their worship. Let’s remember Satan, not our Protestant friends, is the true enemy here. Satan wants to strip away the femininity in the worship…Satan wants to make a genderless God “mother” and call that satisfactory for our worship.
But these verses are referring to a false Queen of Heaven. There are false gods and there are false queens of heaven.
God has made Mary his Queen, being his mother and all.
Revelation 1:6—“and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (NRSV-CE)
See? We are a kingdom of priests and Mary, being the Mother of God, nourishes the very church!
Revelation 12:1-6—“A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days.” (NRSV-CE)
Catholics, Orthodox, and High Anglicans (of certain species) understand these verses to be using Mary as the symbol of the church and Jesus as the one the church defends the message of. Mary is the Mother of the church’s message and therefore, the mother of the church as well. So she is the queen in this heavenly kingdom, hence, the true Queen of Heaven.
Revelation 12:13-17—“So when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to her place where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. Then from his mouth the serpent poured water like a river after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman; it opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth. Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her children, those who keep the commandments of God and hold the testimony of Jesus.” (NRSV-CE)
Those who believe in the dormition/assumption of Mary understand these verses as referring to just that.
Lastly, Catholics don’t commit Mariolatry. They render Mary proskynesis. According to Liddell-Scott, this is “of the Oriental fashion of prostrating oneself before kings and superiors”. Mariolatry comes from the word “latreia” which according to Liddell-Scott is “service to the gods, divine worship”. Nevertheless, a lot of Protestants attempt to accuse Catholics of elevating her to the status of a god despite all claims to the contrary. It is completely, intellectually dishonest on their part! She is NOT considered a god in the Catholic, Orthodox, or High Anglican tradition. She has been considered elevated to an exceptionally high status by God and Catholics, Orthodox, and High Anglicans believe that it is God they honour by acknowledging what God has done for his Mother…nothing more.
I have utmost confidence that if we start respecting each other’s Mariologies that union can be reached in terms of Mariology. Catholics, Orthodox, and High Anglicans need to keep their Mariologies as a subset of Christology and we need to remember that. I see no reason why Protestants cannot join everyone else on the important aspect of Mary—that she is the Mother of God or Theotokos—though. I think as soon as this is affirmed by more and more Protestants, advancements can be made to agreements on Mariology.