Mormon Church Tries to Stop Posthumous Baptism of Jews


Mormon church leaders have established a firewall system in their massive genealogical database in order to cut down on the controversial practice of posthumous baptisms of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The move to prevent people from accessing the list comes amid criticism that Mormons haven’t done enough since pledging in the 1990s to stop church members from performing the baptism ritual on Holocaust victims. Mormons believe the ritual allows deceased people a way to the afterlife. But the practice offends those of other faiths. "We can only hope and pray that those who have persisted in this practice will heed the pain it caused to the families of those who lived and died as Jews and adhere to the LDS Church's policy," Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said in a statement.

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