[quote="SteveVH, post:10, topic:274078"]
And I would be one of those people. My baptism left an indelible mark on my soul and therefore a Mormon baptism is completely ineffectual (I can't be baptized twice even if I believed Mormon baptism to be valid, which I don't). I certainly don't ask a family for permission to pray for their deceased members in order to release them from purgatory. I see no difference, really.
I'm with SteveVH on this one. I can understand former Mormons who have left the LDS church being a little more sensitive about it. But IMO, post-mortem baptisms and "sealings" have about as much practical and theological import as the "dinner" my 20-month-old son had with one of our neighbor's kids during the Super Bowl. They sat at a miniature table, passed mismatched plates back and forth and "drank" from empty plastic cups. It was a truly empty ritual, with zero impact on anyone, anywhere.
It sounds rude, but from a Catholic prospective, what happens in LDS temples is no different. The people are older and the rituals are more elaborate*. But at the end of the day, it's just people passing around mismatched plates and drinking from empty cups. Why should I care what they do in my name? Have at it, Mormons. Nothing you could ever do will have the slightest possible effect on my salvation.
What I do take issue with, however, is the repeated, hilariously unconvincing denials that there is any kind of organized effort on the part of the LDS church to baptize and "seal" non-Mormons who have zero ancestral connections to the LDS faith. Like I said in the other thread, Mormons would have us believe that the post-mortem baptisms of Holocaust victims, ex-Popes, prominent saints, etc were simply the result of individual Mormons making an isolated mistake over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. They pointedly ignore ex-Mormons who say, "Yeah, my parents used to enter Catholic parish records into the LDS database for hours upon hours and days upon days." Honestly, that's a million times more insulting to my intelligence (and, by extension, me) than any ritual they could possibly perform without my consent.
I mean, come on... enough people can submit Karol Wojtyla's name to LDS databases that he get baptized "six or seven times" by various LDS temples, but no one running any of those databases ever thought to flag the name "Karol Wojtyla" for further scrutiny before approving proxy temple work? Come on...
Like I said, I find the notion that they think we're all dumb enough to buy those excuses far, far more insulting than post-mortem baptisms for non-Mormons.
(* - and, to be fair, completely heretical - which I guess is a pretty big difference.)