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Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Pope and Mrs. Pacelli

The Mormon practice of baptizing the dead by proxy is again in the news, with perennial critic Helen Radkey reprising her role as self-appointed watchdog. Apparently some overeager church members have given certain celebrated celibates imaginary wives.

Pope Pius XII was baptized three times and also "sealed" in eternal marriage to a fictional Mrs Eugenio Pacelli. Saint Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order of priests, was also "sealed" to a bogus wife. Catholic clergy do not marry. [Link]

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