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Baptizing the Dead

Holocaust survivors announced today that they are throwing in the towel on their efforts to stop the Mormon Church from posthumously baptizing Jews who died in Nazi death camps. The rite is performed with a Mormon standing in for the deceased. "We ask you to leave our six million Jews, all victims of the Holocaust, alone, they suffered enough,” said the Jewish leader of the talks. Jews aren’t the only ones vexed by the tradition. In May, the Vatican ordered its dioceses to withhold its member registries from Mormons, so that their congregants would not be baptized.

November 10, 2008 10:06 AM