5 years ago today - May 8, 2008

Reuters Blogs

Catholic-Mormon tension over LDS baptism of the dead (excerpts)

The issue of Mormon proxy baptisms has resurfaced with the news that the Vatican has written to Catholic dioceses around the world telling them not to provide parish records to the Genealogical Society of Utah. As the Catholic News Service reported last week, the letter calls proxy baptism using these records detrimental and says the Vatican did not want Catholic parishes to cooperate with the erroneous practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons use genealogical data to find names of people to baptise posthumously, a practice the Roman Catholic Church rejects on theological grounds.

[Source: A chronicle of the Mormon-Jewish controversy; The LDS Agreement: A JewishGen InfoFile, http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/ldsagree.html]

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