After Anne Frank baptism, Mormons vow to discipline members
A picture of Anne Frank, perhaps the most famous victim of the Holocaust.
February 22nd, 2012
05:11 PM ET

After Anne Frank baptism, Mormons vow to discipline members

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Reacting to a report that well-known Holocaust victim Anne Frank had been baptized by proxy in a Mormon temple, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says it is committed to disciplining members of its church who conducted such baptisms, which violate church policy.

Word of the Frank baptism came a week after the issue of Mormon posthumous proxy baptism of Jews attracted national attention. This controversy surfaced after it was reported that the dead parents of Jewish Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal had been baptized in a Mormon temple.

The church apologized for that baptism, blaming it on a technical glitch in its system for submitting names for posthumous proxy baptism.

“It takes a good deal of deception and manipulation to get an improper submission through the safeguards we have put in place,” LDS Church spokesman Michael Purdy said in a statement Tuesday, responding to the report about the Anne Frank baptism.

Explainer: How and why do Mormons baptize the dead?

Though the church regularly conducts proxy baptisms for dead, in what it calls an attempt to give everyone a chance to accept salvation through Jesus, it has a 1990s-era policy against conducting such baptisms for Holocaust victims.

The policy was adopted after complaints from Jewish groups, which said it was offensive to conduct Mormon baptisms for Holocaust victims who were killed because of their Jewish faith.

“The Church keeps its word and is absolutely firm in its commitment to not accept the names of Holocaust victims for proxy baptism,” said Purdy in his Tuesday statement.

The church said it is “committed to taking action against individual abusers by suspending the submitter’s access privileges,” the statement continued. “We will also consider whether other Church disciplinary action should be taken.”

According to Helen Radkey, a former Mormon who tracks Mormon posthumous proxy baptisms, the one for Anne Frank was conducted on Saturday in the Dominican Republic.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Judaism • Mormonism

soundoff (1,379 Responses)
  1. TruthPrevails

    As if they hadn't sunk low enough...how pathetically sad an disrespectful.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
    • Electric Larry

      It's not sad; it's just plain stupid.

      February 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Drew

      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?

      God loves all his children and all will have the chance to accept or reject salvation. All are alike unto God.

      February 23, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  2. prophet

    somebody here said have i any proof that God hasn't failed us, i say to this person of course but this person would need to ask God, i have had the proof shown to me simply because i asked God so i would say this to the person and to anyone, just ask God and if you are genuine God will show you.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • John Dean

      If you ask God something and you believe you actually got a response, you are clinically insane.

      February 22, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  3. prophet

    most Religions won't tell you this what is Written in Paul, Romans because this means that you would not have to be in a Religion. what many people don't realise is that the bible is telling people about their freedom to believe in God but the Religions want you to believe in Religion and so mislead people. They make people think that only the Religious leaders know what is and this is the misleading as ordinary people can know what God Is.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • sam stone

      it is because most religions don't accept the bible

      February 23, 2012 at 4:58 am |
  4. prophet

    there s a Written Text that says that even if you don't know Our Saviour yet but are Kind then you will have Salvation, this is Paul Romans.

    February 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Electric Larry

      You need to provide that citation, because all the Paul I have ever seen said the total opposite.

      February 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  5. Reality

    Putting the final kibosh on religion to include Mormonism

    • There was probably no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • There was probably no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    A quick Google, Bing or Yahoo search will put the kibosh on any other groups calling themselves a religion.

    e.g. Taoism

    "The origins of Taoism are unclear. Traditionally, Lao-tzu who lived in the sixth century is regarded as its founder. Its early philosophic foundations and its later beliefs and rituals are two completely different ways of life. Today (1982) Taoism claims 31,286,000 followers.

    Legend says that Lao-tzu was immaculately conceived by a shooting star; carried in his mother's womb for eighty-two years; and born a full grown wise old man. "

    February 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • Dave

      Hey, for the most part on board here, most religions are jokes, but what does Buddha's waistline have to do with the failure of the religion?

      not even disagreeing, just saying, buddy, you should probably sharpen your argument a bit. Skinny Buddha/Fat Buddha is downright illogical, and exactly the kind of poor reasoning seen in.... RELIGION.

      If you are going to take it upon yourself to champion the atheist cause, I have no problem with that. But research a little more and make a better argument please.

      February 23, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Joe Schmoe

      I'm sad for you.

      February 23, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  6. prophet

    there is a rule that politics and Belief in God do not mix as one is of the world and the other is Of God.

    Ask your self has any one politician or political party solved the problems of the peoples of the world

    But God has but its a personal thing and this is why the solution is not in Religion

    February 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      I am only responding to this post because I was reading down and the page...what drugs are you smoking? Seriously, none of what you have said is comprehensible...so please stop talking in riddles.

      February 22, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
  7. Bill Turner

    The submission of a Holocaust victims name at this particular time was obviously an election year plant. It is designed to besmirch and embarass a presidential candidate and his religion. Anyone who thinks otherwise should ask "why now?" Someone at this season has an electorate axe to grind. Think about it......

    February 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Artie Aardvark

      Someone in the Dominican Republic planted this to discredit Romney? Really? That is one of the dumbest conspiracy theories I have ever heard.

      The only people discrediting Mormons are Mormons. The problems isn't who got posthumously baptized, but the very weird fact that Mormons regularly baptize dead people! They have marriages to dead people, too.

      Anyone who looks at the truly bizarre beliefs like that and does NOT say "but that's bullshit!" does not have the critical thinking skills to be given the highest position of power in the most powerful country in the world.

      February 22, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • SDC

      It's not just Holocaust victims that the Mormons are doing this to, it's everyone that they think they can get away with; Romney had his dead father-in-law (an atheist) "baptized" as a Mormon after he died. The fact that someone can profess to believe in something as insane as an invisible magic man in the sky in the first place tells me their grasp on reality is tenuous to begin with, and probably shouldn't be the sort of person to be trusted with the means to wipe out our species.

      February 23, 2012 at 5:56 am |
    • Drew

      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?

      God loves all his children and all will have the chance to accept or reject salvation. All are alike unto God... both Jew & Gentile.

      February 23, 2012 at 9:27 am |
    • CaptianObvious

      Why does everything take everything they read here on CNN for face value?

      So some CNN reporter finds some crazed, frothing at the mouth ex-mormon who claims that this was done the DAY AFTER ROMNEY GIVES A STELLAR DEBATE PERFORMANCE AT PROBABLY THE MOST CRITICAL TIME OF HIS ELECTION CAMPAIGN???

      Sorry, but I will believe it when I see it.

      February 23, 2012 at 10:52 am |
  8. prophet

    Most people who don't belong to a Religion but are kind to others are naturally with God already.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Artie Aardvark

      There is no religious text that says that. All say you must obey their particular religion and none others. Atheists who are kind and helpful are doomed in all religions.

      But since all religion was invented by people anyways, you are certainly free to make up your own version. Yours is certainly a happier one than many.

      February 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  9. prophet

    many people tell people to look at this website and that, what people need to do is to look within who they are and there they will find God

    February 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Guan Yu follower

      I find intestines.

      February 23, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  10. prophet

    any organisation that believes that they believe in God and give themselves a name and so become a Religion is evidence that they are misled as all normal people know that God has no Religion.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  11. *frank*

    "“It takes a good deal of deception and manipulation to get an improper submission through the safeguards we have put in place,” the church said in a statement Tuesday"
    Religion takes a lot of deception and manipulation, period......

    February 22, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  12. prophet

    many people are saving people from the mormons as they are evil

    February 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  13. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  14. Andre

    to the user 'prophet' or to anyone reading these posts, you can visit LDS.org or Mormon.org to learn what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is about.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
    • Observer

      You know, Andre, it's not so much what the LDS is about, I wonder at the LDS's lack of self control and sense of propriety.

      February 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
    • stubbycat

      The spiritual fact that mormon is an aggressive viral form of the error that throughout human history always seeks to usurp control over human consciousness is something that universal human mind must grasp for its own protection and enlightenment. The human mind and its’ discords diminish or increase depending upon the influences it takes in. If the human mind seeks to improve its experiences and conquer its illusions of sin, sickness and death, it must reform its’ mental core by Jesus’ scientific spiritual practice of perfect Life, perfect Truth , perfect Love, reversing the human minds’ atypical, ignorant and afflictive embrace of the essence of Spirit’s opposite to its own hellish demise. The spiritualization of thought is the true “baptism.”

      February 23, 2012 at 8:37 am |

      LDS? Dont you mean LSD? After all, you must be tripping on it to believe in that religious hocus pocus.

      February 23, 2012 at 8:55 am |
    • Carol

      So Andre..for all of us that very well know all about the LDS faith and the falsehood of it..what then? By going to the sites that you recommend to those wanting to know more about the LDS and what they believe..all they will be fed is lies.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  15. prophet

    what we are seeing now the world over is that people cannot solve the problems they have made,

    i ask people to Trust in God, you either can or you can't and if you can't then ask God to help you.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
  16. *frank*


    February 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  17. prophet

    but lwhat they are doing is showing us the state of thinking in everyday society, most people have no common sense and no moral standards and after all people make Religions and so as to give themselves more covert ways to sin.

    February 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
    • sam stone

      most people have no moral standards? based on what?

      February 23, 2012 at 5:04 am |
  18. prophet

    mormons are sik people they go against all the bible in every way

    February 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • mb2010a

      But so are almost all Christian and Jewish religions...

      February 23, 2012 at 5:51 am |
    • Joe Schmoe

      Can you expound on this?

      February 23, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  19. Observer

    Please stop me before I baptize again!

    February 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • fables are not healthy for children and other living things


      February 23, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  20. prophet

    Religion has failed people but God hasn't

    February 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • Yeah......got any proof of that? ANY? You don't, do you?

      trollus verminus

      February 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
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