Church of the Latter-day Saints

Question from Mary on 1/29/2008:

Does the Catholic Church recognize the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a religion? I thought the Church referred to the Mormon church as a cult.

Answer by Catholic Answers on 1/29/2008:


So far as I am aware, the Catholic Church does not consider the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka, the Mormon church) to be a cult. The Church considers the Mormon church to be a non-Christian religion because it does not recognize Mormon baptism to be a valid Christian baptism.

Michelle Arnold
Catholic Answers

1 comment:

  1. Mormons are not Creedal Christians. However, they do believe in the Jesus Christ of the New Testament:

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is often accused by Evangelical pastors of not believing in Christ of the Nicene Creed and, therefore, not being a Christian religion. This article helps to clarify such misconceptions by examining early Christianity's comprehension of baptism, the Godhead, the deity of Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

    The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) adheres more closely to First Century Christianity and the New Testament than any other denomination. For example, Harper’s Bible Dictionary entry on the Trinity says “the formal doctrine of the Trinity as it was defined by the great church councils of the fourth and fifth centuries is not to be found in the New Testament.”

    One Baptist blogger stated “99 percent of the members of his Baptist church believe in the Mormon (and Early Christian) view of the Trinity. It is the preachers who insist on the Nicene Creed definition.” It seems to me the reason the pastors denigrate the Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) is to protect their flock (and their livelihood).