Mormons Posthumously Baptize Daniel Pearl
Violating their own church protocol, some Mormons continue the practice of baptizing deceased members of other faiths.
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel called for the end of the ritual posthumous baptism of Jews after learning the names of his late father and grandfather were entered in a baptism database.
The parents of Pearl, 38, gently chided the Mormon Church for the baptism of their slain son.
“We appreciate your good intentions but rest assured that Danny’s soul was redeemed through the life that he lived and the values that he upheld,” said an e-mail from his parents, Judea and Ruth Pearl.
“He lived as a proud Jew, died as a proud Jew and is currently facing his creator as a Jew,” the Pearls wrote to the Globe. “For the record, let it be clear: Danny did not choose to be baptized, nor did his family consent to this un-called-for ritual.”