Saturday, May 10, 2008

LDS and Vatican Argue Over Genealogy Records

Controversy was recently stirred up when the Vatican sent a letter to the Catholic bishop of Utah, asking that the Catholic dioceses refrain from cooperating with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Most people are aware that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) hold one of the largest (or quite possibly the largest) genealogy collection in the world. So why would the Vatican impose such a ban? The actions have created a hushed reaction from both churches, as well as controversy over the letter.

While for many years, the LDS have been quite open about the collection of genealogical records, the Catholic church has been known throughout it's history for sweeping matters under the rug, and have long been accused of hiding or destroying historical and Biblical records.

While arguing the religious rightness of either church distracts from the true point, it remains unclear whether or not the historical records will be recovered from the Catholic church anytime soon. However, you can presently search through the LDS world genealogy records online for free.

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