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-Mormons and Jews Reach Agreement on Posthumous Baptizing of Holocaust Victims

by Dr. D ~ September 11th, 2010

Mormon Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

(Image by Bachir via Flickr)

We posted last year about the dispute between the Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) and Jewish Holocaust survivors who complained that the LDS were posthumously baptizing Holocaust victims in their temples.

Now comes the word that Jewish and Mormon Church leaders have come to an agreement over this issue.

Leaders of the Mormon Church will now require church members to have a family relationship with any Holocaust victims that they baptize by proxy in the Temple. This prevents the mass submissions of Holocaust names for temple baptism that had occurred in the past which offended Jewish groups particularly Holocaust survivors and their families.

The agreement between the church and the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants has been in the works for more than two years and apparently will resolve this controversial issue between Jews and Mormons.            *Top

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