Sunday, November 16, 2008

Furor Over Mormon Baptisms

Furor Reignites Over Mormon Baptisms of Jews: "In the last few months, Radkey has found hundreds of Dutch Holocaust victims’ names in the database, according to the Tribune.

“Some recently discovered records used to do proxy baptisms even had the words ‘Auschwitz’ or ‘Polish death camp’ on them, she said,” the paper reported.

The 1995 agreement that the church signed said that Holocaust victims would not be posthumously baptized unless they had living descendants who are Mormon, the AP reported.

In 2006, this issue made headlines when it was discovered that Simon Wiesenthal, the famed Nazi hunter and namesake of a Los Angeles center devoted to peace, was baptized a year after his death.

According to the AP, church leaders say that this problem will be fixed when the New Family Search database comes online."


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