Narses, this might be of special interest to you.
” In an effort to block posthumous rebaptisms by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”
Why would they worry about it?
Source for Smith's assessment of the Catholic Church: Pearl of Great Price LDS "Scripture," Joseph Smith - History, vv. 18-20.
Arrrggghh, this will impact genealogists so much. SLC has the best records in the world; people come from Germany to look up German records which they cannot access in their own countries. And since the majority of Europeans are/ have been Catholic, it has been just wonderful to have access to them.
Um, why is the Catholic church worried about any Mormon re-baptisms. They don’t actually believe that counts, do they?
This is too bad. I’m a genealogy-loving Catholic who spends many hours going over records at LDS institutions. Since I do not believe in post-death baptism, my LDS friends who will do so to me after I pass means NOTHING to me. Have at it if it makes you happy.
But to make so many of these records unavailable to those who, for free, go to genealogy centers at LDS facilities is short-sighted.
To me, this would be the equivalent of a priest walking into a hospital and going around giving Mormons last rites for the Catholic church, without their permission.
That’d go over real well, now wouldn’t it?
Question...If God honors the posthumous "baptisms", why would Catholics want to oppose God. If he does not honor these "baptisms", why should Catholics care what Mormons do?
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?
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.
Is this what’s got the church’s back to the wall in the 2000s.
It must be tough when another church can convert your dead members.
Good news ping!
Wow. The ultimate re-write of history.
This is just plain bizarre.
Surely if a person wanted to be baptized as an adult, he could have chosen, of his own free will, to do so.
In short, now that the Catholic Church knows what the LDS is doing with these records that avenue of research is forever closed to them.
I am a Roman Catholic and i really do not care if the LDS baptize the Names of my ancestors. Go ahead because it means absolutely nothing to me. I don’t believe in their baptism. It will have no effect on my ancestors.