(CBS News) The revelation that slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints nearly a decade after his death prompted Mormon officials to call the baptism a “serious breach of protocol,” the Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
Pearl, who was Jewish, was killed by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002 after being kidnapped while on assignment for the Journal. An excommunicated Mormon uncovered records that Mormons baptized Pearl by proxy in a Twin Falls, Idaho, temple last June, the Globe reported.
The practice of posthumous baptisms intends to provide members of other religions a chance at salvation after their deaths, the Globe reported. Earlier this month, the church apologized for the baptisms of a Jewish rights advocate’s parents. In 1995, it said it would stop baptizing Holocaust victims.