(BBC) Mormons baptise deceased parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal

The Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center denounced the news.

“We are outraged that such insensitive actions continue in the Mormon temples,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, a spokesman at the centre.

The Mormon religion allows baptism after death, and believes the departed soul can then accept or reject the baptismal rites.

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6 comments on “(BBC) Mormons baptise deceased parents of Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal

  1. David Hein says:

    Campaign note to Mitt Romney: Keep all particularly eccentric Mormon practices out of the news. Better yet:…

  2. St. Jimbob of the Apokalypse says:

    Quite formalized, but it’s only a degree or two away from christian prayer commending the souls of the dead (baptized or not) to the mercy of God.

  3. paradoxymoron says:

    A bunch of meaningless hocus-pocus if you’re not a Mormon. BFD.

  4. Katherine says:

    Agree, #3. There is no reason to be outraged by this sort of thing, since it only means anything to Mormons. To non-Mormons, nothing whatever has been done to their ancestors.

  5. Milton Finch says:

    It is just a horrible Mormon interpretation of 1st Corinthians, 29!

    We should all enter our baptism as if we were dead. Paul speaks immediately in verse 31 that he dies daily…in other words, he IS dead to sin by putting the deeds of the flesh to the cross. Dead in the flesh, alive in the Christ. Going into or under the water dead and coming up alive in Christ.

  6. Ad Orientem says:

    I can understand the aversion to the whole thing. Who wants to hear that departed loved ones were the object of this lame cross between neo-paganism and necromantic witchcraft? But yea, if your Christian these silly misguided people should not bother us.