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Vatican letter directs bishops to keep parish records from Mormons
Catholic News Service ^ | May 2, 2008 | By Chaz Muth

Posted on 05/02/2008 12:03:45 PM PDT by colorcountry

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To: mountainbunny

How many Jews were forced to accept Jesus vicarous gift?


51 posted on 05/02/2008 2:05:14 PM PDT by restornu
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To: ArrogantBustard; AppyPappy
In fact, the Church considers any LDS "baptism" to be invalid, spurious, null-and-void, utterly without effect ...

Then they ought not be concerned about this. Why not just let the LDS people play their little baptism games? Who is it going to hurt?

52 posted on 05/02/2008 2:05:33 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: AppyPappy
Paul is arguing FOR bodily Resurrection which means the Corinthians were arguing against it. If the Corinthians are practicing baptism of the dead, what is the point if there is no Resurrection of the body?

That's the very point Paul is making to the Corinthian saints. :-)

53 posted on 05/02/2008 2:06:04 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: P-Marlowe; ArrogantBustard; AppyPappy
Why not just let the LDS people play their little baptism games? Who is it going to hurt?

It won't hurt anyone, but there is no reason that the Church should take an active role in this nonsense.

54 posted on 05/02/2008 2:12:27 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Graybeard58

I think the Catholic church should give them the names of so many people, that they have to take some of their missionaries off the street to help! LOL


55 posted on 05/02/2008 2:13:03 PM PDT by Texas_shutterbug
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To: wagglebee; P-Marlowe; AppyPappy; Texas_shutterbug
but there is no reason that the Church should take an active role in this nonsense.

I think that's the point: we don't want to be seen as in any way approving of it.

OTOH, see #55.

ROFL!!!!

56 posted on 05/02/2008 2:16:46 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: mountainbunny
It is an insult to people who may have died for their faith to say that their faith may not have been enough after all.

Hmmm. . .something about indulgences and praying for those in purgatory comes to mind.

57 posted on 05/02/2008 2:17:30 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: Texas_shutterbug
I think the Catholic church should give them the names of so many people, that they have to take some of their missionaries off the street to help! LOL

Just hand them the Baltimore Metro Phone Book. That should keep 'em busy for a while.

58 posted on 05/02/2008 2:20:22 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Texas_shutterbug; ArrogantBustard; Graybeard58; P-Marlowe; AppyPappy
I think the Catholic church should give them the names of so many people, that they have to take some of their missionaries off the street to help! LOL

150 MILLION John Smiths
200 MILLION Jane Jones
Come back when you need more names.

59 posted on 05/02/2008 2:22:15 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: MEGoody

Whether you agree with Catholicism or not (we know you don’t), we CAN show justification for Purgatory in the Bible, Mormons CANNOT show justification for baptism of the dead. The Catholic Church NEVER authorized the sale of indulgences, though it was done by some against Church teaching.


60 posted on 05/02/2008 2:27:38 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: restornu

Please cite ANY part of the New Testament where Jesus Christ forced ANYONE to accept Him against their will.


61 posted on 05/02/2008 2:40:43 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: colorcountry
It is a hobby, fine, but I must warn you other Christians like you.

1 Timothy: 4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith

Paul wasn't telling Timothy or other Christians to not do geneology.

Timothy was in Ephesus setting up the Church there, particularly choosing Elders and leaders for the Church. Paul was telling Timothy to pick those that taught sound doctrine, not those that proved they were the most qualified by giving a geneology down to whoever, and not those that told myths about themselves as to why they should be the leaders.

Similarly in the modern LDS church we are also not supposed to pick or call leaders based on their geneology, but through prayer and the spirit, whether they are converts or generational members. Yes I'm talking about Stake Presidents and Bishops that seem to think that converts aren't good enough to serve in church leadership callings.

It also serves as a warning about those that profess that since they are descendant from some leader they somehow have better doctrine then the Church itself does. Yes I'm talking about Sandra Tanner.

62 posted on 05/02/2008 3:00:52 PM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
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To: Domandred

Sounds to me like Paul was warning the folks in Ephesus not to get sidetracked by myths and false teachers (like the Mormons)

Warning Against False Teachers of the Law

3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God’s work–which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.


63 posted on 05/02/2008 3:07:12 PM PDT by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: wagglebee; mountainbunny

My question
How many Jews were forced to accept Jesus vicarious gift?

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“Please cite ANY part of the New Testament where Jesus Christ forced ANYONE to accept Him against their will.” ~ wagglebee

Thank you helping me make my point that the “Gift of Vicarious Baptist for the Dead” is the same thing, it is not doing anything against anyone agency

It is an act that is being perform in reserved for that person should they choose to accept the gift!

It one is stuck in a place and this ordinance needs to be done in order to receive the Lord promise the Lord provided a way for it to be done through vicarious Baptist!

When trying to forbid the knowledge that would be used for baptism for the dead, it seems it is those on this side who are hindering that soul on the other side from making their own decision to receive the gift or not to receive the gift!

I would be really upset that some one or group on earth was interfering with my right to chose and deny my progress in the Spirit World.


64 posted on 05/02/2008 3:10:00 PM PDT by restornu
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To: colorcountry

Didn’t the cult say that they would quit bothering the Jews when they asked, won’t they just leave any faith alone when it is instructed to do so by that faith?


65 posted on 05/02/2008 3:28:49 PM PDT by ansel12 (Texas, having to clean up Utah's latter day taints. this cult stuff sucks.)
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To: ansel12
won’t they just leave any faith alone when it is instructed to do so by that faith?

Here's a rhetorical question for you....Will they quit knocking on your door after you tell them you're not interested?

I wonder why they even bother. Instead of sending out 60,000 missionaries, why don't they just go get census information and baptize everyone by proxy. LOL

66 posted on 05/02/2008 3:36:29 PM PDT by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: wagglebee
Whether you agree with Catholicism or not (we know you don’t), we CAN show justification for Purgatory in the Bible, Mormons CANNOT show justification for baptism of the dead.

1 Corinthians 15:29
"Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?"

So, how about the justification for purgatory in the Bible? I've not heard it before.

67 posted on 05/02/2008 3:38:08 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: restornu

While many christians do not believe baptism is necessary for salvation, for those that do, how do they reconcile the justice, mercy and love of God for His children who never had a chance to hear about Jesus Christ, let alone be baptized? It is a gapping hole in their theology. Of course, those who don’t believe baptism is necessary are in the same boat. You can’t accept someone you’ve never heard of. We have the answers for that question.


68 posted on 05/02/2008 3:43:47 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: MEGoody
Hmmm. . .something about indulgences and praying for those in purgatory comes to mind.

Prayer for those who are dead (for non-LDS, anyway) is not to convert. Praying for souls is just that: praying for souls. It doesn't attempt to convert Jews to Christians and it doesn't pretend to. It doesn't say to Jews that died for being Jewish that they'd have been better off LDS members.

Does praying for people in Purgatory insult the memories of Jews who died in the Holocaust? Not in any way I can think of.

I've never heard a single Jew complain about it. But plenty have complained specifically, and loudly about proxy baptism. Why do you think that is?

People of the Jewish faith have asked many times that the practice stop, yet it continues to this day. See: http://www.jewishaz.com/jewishnews/040227/mormons.shtml

And what indulgences have to do with anything is beyond me, unless you need to change the subject away from the one at hand.

69 posted on 05/02/2008 4:04:05 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: colorcountry

Shhhh...don’t give them any ideas!

All they need, obviously, is a name, so I guess that technically they could steal the entire US Soc Sec database, “baptize” everyone, and declare that all of the US was Mormon...


70 posted on 05/02/2008 4:13:16 PM PDT by livius
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To: TheDon
So, how about the justification for purgatory in the Bible? I've not heard it before.

There is plenty, but I will use this:

And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but he that shall speak against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, nor in the world to come. (Matthew 12:32)

It is simply a matter of what is "the world to come." There is no longer any need for forgiveness in Heaven for all has already been forgiven, there is no possibility of forgiveness in Hell, so that means there must be a THIRD "world to come" where forgiveness is both still needed AND still available -- this is Purgatory.

71 posted on 05/02/2008 4:55:17 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: TheDon
Else what shall they do ...

Who's "they"? It doesn't say "we" or "you" or "the church"; it says "they". We don't know who "they" were.

The Greek also does not demand proxy baptism for the dead; it's more ambiguous than that. There's zero support among the church fathers for the practice AFAIK.

As for purgatory, 1 Cor 3:15 and the immediate vicinity. "Saved, but as through fire" sounds like purgatory to me.

72 posted on 05/02/2008 5:20:06 PM PDT by Campion
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73 posted on 05/02/2008 6:43:34 PM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: colorcountry

Since the Catholic Church teaches that Mormon baptisms are invalid—as I would have expected—it doesn’t seem to me to be a big deal. These posthumous Mormon baptisms are basically ineffectual.

Perhaps the Vatican issued the order not to share baptismal records with the Mormon Church because that might be mistakenly interpreted as some sort of recognition of their baptisms. Probably parish records should be kept private, in any case, unless someone seems to have a legitimate reason for wanting the information.

But frankly it doesn’t matter to me if anyone knows when and where I was born or baptised.


74 posted on 05/02/2008 6:56:08 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: wagglebee

So purgatory is implied scripturally?


75 posted on 05/02/2008 6:57:38 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: TheDon

Yes.


76 posted on 05/02/2008 7:00:15 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: TheDon

Don’t you believe in Spirit Prison?

from lds.org

Spirit prison is a temporary state in which spirits will be taught the gospel and have the opportunity to repent and accept ordinances of salvation that are performed for them in temples (see D&C 138:30–35). Those who choose not to repent but who are not sons of perdition will remain in spirit prison until the end of the Millennium, when they will be freed from hell and punishment and be resurrected to a telestial glory (see D&C 76:81–85).


77 posted on 05/02/2008 7:03:36 PM PDT by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: colorcountry

Questions about baptism for the dead answered here by an LDS member:


78 posted on 05/02/2008 7:15:52 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: colorcountry

Correct!


79 posted on 05/02/2008 7:16:28 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: mountainbunny
Prayer for those who are dead (for non-LDS, anyway) is not to convert

Excuse me LDS don't convert, the Holy Ghost does that!

The world convert the world to the world various religions but only the Only Holy Ghost can bring a soul to Christ!

No mortal can do that, I was witness too by the power of the Holy Ghost just me and the Spirit of the Lord.

Than I investigated the Church.

Prior to that I never met a missionary. You are misguided in your process! Thinking in they ways of the telestial world isn't going to elevate your thoughts and it seems very few every elevate their thoughts to the ways of the Lord.

80 posted on 05/02/2008 7:18:05 PM PDT by restornu
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To: colorcountry

Is this what’s got the church’s back to the wall in the 2000s.


81 posted on 05/02/2008 7:18:19 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: colorcountry

It must be tough when another church can convert your dead members.


82 posted on 05/02/2008 7:20:18 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: purpleraine

I know you dear.


83 posted on 05/02/2008 7:29:35 PM PDT by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: TheDon

Hi TheDon:

For you and are other non-Catholic friends, Purgatory has to be understood in the context of how Catholics understand Grace and sin. Sin ruptures and breaks our communion with God and it is Grace that justifies us and makes us Holy. Thus, Grace, from the Catholic perspective is “transformative” and not just a covering of God’s Grace, which is the classic Protestant understanding. The Catechism discusses Grace in paragraph 1996 and 1997:

CCC 1996 Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.

CCC 1997 Grace is a participation in the life of God. It introduces us into the intimacy of Trinitarian life: by Baptism the Christian participates in the grace of Christ, the Head of his Body. As an “adopted son” he can henceforth call God “Father,” in union with the only Son. He receives the life of the Spirit who breathes charity into him and who forms the Church.

The Catechism states that as sanctifying Grace, God shares his divine life and friendship with us in a habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that enables the soul to live with God and act by his love. As actual grace, God gives us the help to conform our lives to his will.

With respect to Purgatory, the Catechism states:

CCC 1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:

CCC 1031-contnued: As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

So, when we see Christ state that only the pure of heart shall see God (cf. Mt 5:8) amd that “nothing unclean shall enter heaven” (cf Rev 21: 27). The CCC in para 1031 refers to Mt 12:32, which states that some “sins will not be forgiven in this age or the age to come” and St. Paul in 1 Cor 3:15 states that “but if someone’s work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire”. A point here is that the Latin word purgation means to “pass through fire”, which is where the word purgatory comes from.

We also see in 1 Pet 3: 19 we see that “Christ went to speak to the spirits in prison” and later in 1 Pet 4:6 we read “For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead that condemned in the flesh in human estimation, they might live in the spirit in the estimation of God”. While these passages don’t prove purgatory, they do imply a spiritual state that is not hell or Heaven. Finally, we also read 2 Mac 12:46 that “prayers were offered for the dead”, which of course is in the Catholic and Orthodox OT canons, but not Protestant.

In summary, the doctrine of purgatory is consistent with the Catholic understanding of Grace and Sin and is supported by Sacred Scripture. In addition, the Sacred Tradition of the Church, as confirmed by the Church Fathers also supports the doctrine of Purgatory as prayers for the dead all clearly taught by the Fathers. For example,

ST Cyril of Jerusalem writes:

Then we make mention also of those who have already fallen asleep: first, the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, that through their prayers and supplications God would receive our petition; next, we make mention also of the holy fathers and bishops who have already fallen asleep, and, to put it simply, of all among us who have already fallen asleep. For we believe that it will be of very great benefit to the souls of those for whom the petition is carried up, while this holyand most solemn sacrifice is laid out” (Catechetical Lectures 23:5:9 [A.D. 350]).

ST. GREGORY OF NYSSA writes:

“If a man distinguish in himself what is peculiarly human from that which is irrational, and if he be on the watch for a life of greater urbanity for himself, in this present life he will purify himself of any evil contracted, overcoming the irrational by reason. If he have inclined to the irrational pressure of the passions, using for the passions the cooperating hide of things irrational, he may afterward in a quite different manner be very much interested in what is better, when, after his departure out of the body, he gains knowledge of the difference between virtue and vice and finds that he is not able to partake of divinity until he has been purged of the filthy contagion in his soul by the purifying fire” (Sermon on the Dead [A.D. 382]).

ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM writes:

“Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice [Job 1:5], why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them” (Homilies on 1 Corinthians 41:5 [A.D. 392]).

ST. Augustine writes:

There is an ecclesiastical discipline, as the faithful know, when the names of the martyrs are read aloud in that place at the altar of God, where prayer is not offered for them. Prayer, however, is offered for other dead who are remembered. It is wrong to pray for a martyr, to whose prayers we ought ourselves be commended (Sermons 159:1 [A.D. 411]).

But by the prayers of the holy Church, and by the salvific sacrifice, and by the alms which are given for their spirits, there is no doubt that the dead are aided, that the Lord might deal more mercifully with them than their sins would deserve. The whole Church observes this practice which was handed down by the Fathers: that it prays for those who have died in the communion of the body and blood of Christ, when they are commemorated in their own place in the sacrifice itself; and the sacrifice is offered also in memory of them, on their behalf. If, then, works of mercy are celebrated for the sake of those who are being remembered, who would hesitate to recommend them, on whose behalf prayers to God are not offered in vain? It is not at all to be doubted that such prayers are of profit to the dead (ibid., 172:2).

Temporal punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by some after death, by some both here and hereafter, but all of them before that last and strictest judgment. But not all who suffer temporal punishments after death will come to eternal punishments, which are to follow after that judgment (The City of God 21:13 [A.D. 419]).

That there should be some fire even after this life is not incredible, and it can be inquired into and either be discovered or left hidden whether some of the faithful may be saved, some more slowly and some more quickly in the greater or lesser degree in which they loved the good things that perish, through a certain purgatorial fire (Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Charity 18:69 [A.D. 421]).

While you may not agree with the doctrine of Purgatory, the Catholic Church’s doctrine is well grounded in both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.

Hope this helps


84 posted on 05/02/2008 7:30:02 PM PDT by CTrent1564
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To: mountainbunny

To say the practice is deplorable is an understatement. It’s like ID theft from the grave, and couldn’t be more inappropriate. The LSD should

As I understand it, the DAR will not accept the LDS geneological records to establish membership. It doesn’t have very high standing among people who take their geneological research seriously.


85 posted on 05/02/2008 7:32:14 PM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: TheDon
The passage from the Shepherd of Hermas discussed at the link you gave has absolutely nothing to do with any sort of proxy baptism for the dead in the LDS sense. The "apostles and prophets" referenced are dead and are preaching to the saints of the Old Testament in some sort of purgatory or "limbus patrum" (Limbo of the Fathers). His point is that, even though those OT saints weren't baptized, they are saved by virtue of the prayers and "preaching" of the NT church, which is.

There isn't the faintest shadow in that passage of living Christians on earth going through a literal proxy baptism on behalf of the dead.

86 posted on 05/02/2008 8:07:28 PM PDT by Campion
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To: colorcountry

Thank God, because I don’t usually talk to strangers.


87 posted on 05/02/2008 8:38:26 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: Andyman

Some of their online services are not free.


88 posted on 05/02/2008 8:50:38 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: livius

They do not have to steal the US Social Security database. It is already online at their own websites, as well as others.


89 posted on 05/02/2008 8:58:01 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: EDINVA

However, the DAR will accept Church records, as well as civil records, as evidence of an event such as a baptism/birth, marriage or death.


90 posted on 05/02/2008 9:03:38 PM PDT by gpapa
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To: EDINVA; purpleraine

To say the practice is deplorable is an understatement. It’s like ID theft from the grave, and couldn’t be more inappropriate. The LSD should

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It would be nice if you folks found out the facts before you started venting on the LDS.

There is no way the LDS can convert a soul that is between the decease and the Spirit of the Lord.

The LDS only provide a vicarious gift in reserve should the recipient choose to receive it.

Some how this seem to register in many minds here!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2010359/posts?page=64#64


91 posted on 05/02/2008 9:10:29 PM PDT by restornu (This is a gift which one can accept or refuse!, I assure you the LDS are snatchers soul!)
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To: restornu

1). If the Holy Ghost does it, why do you here on Earth need to be part of the process?

2). And if it is the right thing to do, why has the LDS Church agreed to not do it anymore?

3). And since they’ve previously agreed not to do it anymore, why do they continue to allow it?

I would appreciate an honest answer to those three questions.


92 posted on 05/02/2008 9:22:01 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: restornu

I’ve been supportive of Mormons on this board, and bear no LSD animus, but the idea that they can take steps to baptize or posthumously take liberties with spirits of the dead is, I am sorry to say, outrageous. Not to mention just plain creepy.

The vatican is not prone to issuing statements like this without having a fine understanding of exactly what is done. I’ll take their word for it.


93 posted on 05/02/2008 9:23:59 PM PDT by EDINVA (Proud American for 23,062 days.... and counting!)
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To: AppyPappy

“Why would they worry about it?”

Makes no sense to oppose it.

You would think Catholics would be happy to have us Mormons spend our time and resources building, maintaining and attending temples that they think accomplish nothing. If we didn’t do that, we would have a more available to put into missionary work for the living.

By LDS doctrine, the person the baptism is done for has to want it to be done for it to have any validity, so opposing it is like saying a) the Mormons have the authority to do this and b) those they are done for will be happy for the chance to leave the Catholic church.


94 posted on 05/02/2008 9:39:12 PM PDT by Grig
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To: ArrogantBustard

“Giving LDS the records (knowing that the LDS will then use them for “posthumous baptisms”) might be seen as recognising the legitimacy said “posthumous baptisms”. In fact, the Church considers any LDS “baptism” to be invalid, spurious, null-and-void, utterly without effect ...”

Then what is there to fear in our doing them? The church has done a great public service in gathering genological information, putting it in digital format and making it available to the world. If they think proxy baptism we do are pointless, what reason is there to try and stop us from doing it? Objecting like this does far more to portray it as legitimate then ignoring it would.


95 posted on 05/02/2008 9:42:42 PM PDT by Grig
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To: Graybeard58

“Baptizing dead people by proxy is utterly ridiculous...”

Check out 1Cor15:29 sometime. It is a ancient Christian practice. Catholics kind of changed it to praying and lighting candles for the dead, but the idea is similar.


96 posted on 05/02/2008 9:47:39 PM PDT by Grig
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

“Let’s go farther.

Let’s actually create a special Unsealing Ceremony for the Dead.”

Go ahead, it wouldn’t upset me in the least. In fact, why don’t you spend millions building temples to do this in, and be sure to make the ceremony take a significant amount of time. I would actually be quite happy to see you put so much time and effort into such a venture, it would show you really believe in it.

You aren’t just all talk now are you?


97 posted on 05/02/2008 10:12:15 PM PDT by Grig
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To: mountainbunny

1). If the Holy Ghost does it, why do you here on Earth need to be part of the process?

As I said in one of my post the Holy Ghost witness to me than I investigated the Church and part of the Lord’s commandments is one has to be baptized.

The decease has no physical body that ordinance was to take place on earth the dead can not come back!

So it is done vicariously by those who generous and lovingly give up their time to help another be on their way in their journey preparing for the Great and Dreadful day of the Lord.

2). And if it is the right thing to do, why has the LDS Church agreed to not do it anymore?

3). And since they’ve previously agreed not to do it anymore, why do they continue to allow it?

I am a lay person I am sure there is more to understand than is being reported.

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Whether the work gets done now or in the 1000 years of peace it will get done.

All will stand before God and be they clean or not if this option of vicarious baptism for the dead was not available many good souls would not be fit for the Kingdom and would be denied to fulfill the Lord’s ordinance and therefore would could not enter into the Kingdom of the Lord.

Romans 14

7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

Mark 16

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

John 3:

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the [Celestrial] kingdom of God.


98 posted on 05/02/2008 11:07:46 PM PDT by restornu (This is a gift which one can accept or refuse!, I assure you the LDS are snatchers soul!)
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To: EDINVA
At first I thought it was a typo but you keep calling us LSD!

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The vatican is not prone to issuing statements like this without having a fine understanding of exactly what is done. I’ll take their word for it.

I think this should have been highlighted

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Msgr. J. Terrence Fitzgerald -- vicar general of the Diocese of Salt Lake City -- said he didn't understand why the Latter-day Saints church was singled out in this latest Vatican policy regarding parish records.

"We have a policy not to give out baptismal records to anyone unless they are entitled to have them," Msgr. Fitzgerald said of his diocese. "That isn't just for the Church of the Latter-day Saints. That is for all groups."

99 posted on 05/02/2008 11:42:07 PM PDT by restornu (This is a gift which one can accept or refuse!, I assure you the LDS are snatchers soul!)
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To: colorcountry
Keep your garmie's CLEAN!
100 posted on 05/03/2008 4:33:40 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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