Your Catholic friends are wrong then and are being negatively influenced by a protestant and secular society. There's nothing I'm aware of in Catholicism against icons, they just tend to have different styles of icons (statues are common, life-like depictions are more common).Can someone explain to me the iconography issue between Orthodox Christianity and Catholicism in a simple way. I have a general understanding of the schism etc. but would there be other reasons why Catholics are so offended by Icons. I have Catholic friends and I can see them feeling uncomfortable that I have Christ Panocrator on my wall. I cannot imagine walking into a empty Church with no images, I mean, what is the issue here? Let me know if there is a better place to post this question.
Unrelated - can anyone recommend me an akathist book? Preferably to Christ, the Theotokos, and a collection of saints. Thanks