Thursday, June 05, 2008

Vatican and Mormons

CNS STORY: Vatican letter directs bishops to keep parish records from Mormons: "An April 5 letter from the Vatican Congregation for Clergy, obtained by Catholic News Service in late April 2008, asks episcopal conferences to direct all bishops to keep the Latter-day Saints from microfilming and digitizing information contained in those registers.

The order came in light of 'grave reservations' expressed in a Jan. 29 letter from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the clergy congregation's letter said.

Father James Massa, executive director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, said the step was taken to prevent the Latter-day Saints from using records -- such as baptismal documentation -- to posthumously baptize by proxy the ancestors of church members."
(documentation of old news )


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