Does the Church consider Mormons Christians?

I was wondering if Mormons are considered Christians or not. Would they fit into the Protestant category or are they a separate religion altogether? They do believe that Jesus Christ is the savior, it’s just kind of a warped, twisted view of what really happened. My second cousin was a former Catholic who became a Mormon before he died, and he was truly a good, caring person. Is Mormonism a path to eternal salvation?

The *Catechism of the Catholic Church *states: “The Lord himself affirms that baptism is necessary for salvation” [John 3:5] (CCC 1257). Through baptism men and women are freed from sin, are reborn as children of God, and, configured to Christ by an indelible character, are incorporated into the Church (Can. 849). The Sacrament of Baptism makes you a Christian.

The validity of this sacrament depends on the following requirements:

  1. The correct matter (water)
  2. The correct form (baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)
  3. The correct intention (to do what the Church does)

In July 2001, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gave a negative response to the validity of Baptism conferred in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Father Luis Ladaria, S.J. says in summary:

“The Baptism of the Catholic Church and that of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ essentially, both for what concerns faith in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in whose name Baptism is conferred, and for what concerns the relationship to Christ who instituted it. As a result of all this, it is understood that the Catholic Church has to consider invalid, that is to say, cannot consider true Baptism, the rite given that name by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints."

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Would Mormons fit into the Protestant category or are they a separate religion altogether?

“While the Catholic Church would reject nothing that is true or good in Mormonism or any other world religion, Catholic theology would have to note that there is a tremendous amount in Mormonism that is neither true nor good. Further, because Mormonism presents itself as a form of Christianity yet is incompatible with the historic Christian faith, sound pastoral practice would need to warn the Christian faithful: Mormon theology is blasphemous, polytheistic, and cannot be considered on par with the theology of other Christian groups.”

Is Mormonism a path to eternal salvation?

CCC 1260: "Since Christ died for all, and since all men are in fact called to one and the same destiny, which is divine, we must hold that the Holy Spirit offers to all the possibility of being made partakers, in a way known to God, of the Paschal mystery."63 Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can be saved. It may be supposed that such persons would have desired Baptism explicitly if they had known its necessity.

Further reading:

Articles on Mormonism

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