Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mormons baptizing the dead

The lovely and gracious Argent point out this article, "Will Pope Benedict become a Mormon after he dies?" from South Africa's Mail & Guardian newspaper. If you responded, "What the ...?" you likely either do not live in the Empire of Zion or have not had much contact with the Mormons. Mormons believe that for a person to enter heaven they must either be baptized here on Earth while alive or by proxy after death. They spend a good deal of effort collecting the names of the dead and baptizing them. This is the purpose behind their massive genealogical effort. (This is also why it is important that we do not cooperate with them by allowing them access to church sacramental records.) Less well known, but also pointed out in the article, is the fact that they also do marriages for the dead. This is the majority of what occurs in Mormon temples in case you have ever wondered.

Not only have the Pope's been married off by proxy, but it used to be common (and still may be for all I know) for nuns to be married off as polygamous brides post mortem. There is a story which may well be apocryphal that Rose Kennedy was mighty angry when she found out that JFK had been baptized for the dead. The Mormon General Authorities then clarified that the person was free to reject it if they wished. (I rather like this idea. Then we wouldn't be saddled with JFK as the only Catholic President.)

Of course, these baptisms don't do anything. But it is an arrogant and rude practice.
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