Des Esseintes' hatred of the silent mother gives way to Durtal's hyperdulia
, his cult of the Virgin, his love of the cathedral housing her, a welcoming, hospitable source of protection with its messengers of hope.
He offered a reformed cult of the saints recognizing the Catholic distinctions among dulia, inferior veneration paid to saints, hyperdulia
, veneration to Mary, and latria, the supreme worship due God alone.
Should Muslims regard what in their eyes is the risky hyperdulia accorded her by Catholicism as on balance preferable to a Christianity that hardly acknowledges Maryam at all?
Platonic themes of divinization, or internal Islamic reflections on the need to approach the mysterium fascinans through those who had themselves approached it, in due course rendered traditions of prophetic hyperdulia acceptable, but in mainstream Sunnism these never overstepped the line into latria, outright worship.