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From: Barbara de Mare <>
Subject: [APG] Fw: Pope instructs Catholic Churches not to
Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 10:16:52 -0700 (PDT)


 
Barbara L. de Mare, Esq.
Attorney, historian, genealogist, grandmother
155 Polifly Road
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

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----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Barbara de Mare <>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 7:49:35 PM
Subject: Re: [APG] Pope instructs Catholic Churches not to


My objection is totally different.  I don't think the Mormon rituals do any actual harm, as I don't believe they can possibly do what they purport them to do.  Nevertheless, I will not put my family tree on-line, only only share it with my Morman relatives if they promise not to submit the names to the church.  My reason is that I feel it dishonors my ancestors to even purport to convert them.  They were nearly all very religious people, highly involved in their churches, and strong in their beliefs.  To even think that those beliefs can be changed posthumously deeply offends me.   I'm sure many names have been submitted by others, but I want no involvement in dishonoring them and their beliefs.

Barbara

 
Barbara L. de Mare, Esq.
Attorney, historian, genealogist, grandmother
155 Polifly Road
Hackensack, New Jersey 07601

(201) 567-9440 office
http://historygenealogyesq.blogspot.com/





----- Original Message ----
From: "" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 7, 2008 9:30:29 AM
Subject: Re: [APG] Pope instructs Catholic Churches not to

I would suggest that in dealing with this unfortunate situation it may be
helpful to understand where this decree may be coming from. (I say "may be"
because we haven't seen the letter.) "Gotcha" arguments -- such as that you
must not be confident in your Catholicism if you worry about Mormon rituals --
are persuasive to me personally, but I'm neither Catholic nor Mormon.

For people whose religion isn't tied up with thinking they are right and
everyone else is wrong, it may help to think of something you do feel that
strongly about. Most Americans probably would recoil from cooperating in any
way for any purpose with a pro-pedophile organization, for instance. I myself
recoil whenever I see a dogmatic global-warming denialist treated by
journalists as if he or she were a scientist with useful knowledge. The
particular example isn't the point; the point is that when you feel strongly
enough about X, you avoid too much cooperation with people who believe not-X,
because your cooperation may lend them credibility and mislead others who don't
know much about X at all.

Please note that understanding here doesn't mean approval, just that one is in
a better position to negotiate if one understands where the other side is
coming from. A profound respect for tradition and history is another strand in
Catholicism with which genealogists can find much in common. If (in whatever
forum this process takes place) we can find the common parts and at least have
some gut understanding of the disagreeing parts, perhaps some at least partly
mutually agreeable middle ground might be reached.

Harold


Harold Henderson
Research and Writing from Northwest Indiana

home office 219/324-2620
http://midwesternmicrohistory.blogspot.com







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