It’s 2008 and the Pope has scheduled two gatherings with religious big wigs in the United States. One is ecumenical — i.e. for Christians. The other is interreligious — i.e. for people of faith who aren’t Christians.
So, which meeting do you invite the Mormons to?
Remember: Catholics, Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Assemblies of God, Presbyterians — none of these groups recognize Mormon baptisms as valid Christian baptisms. And Mormons don’t consider Catholic and Protestant baptisms as valid Christian baptisms.
Great religion reporter Gary Stern has a fascinating post on this topic. It’s available here.