Limbo Mambo

Although the Catholic Church is capable of making strong stands on moral issues, their doctrinal history is filled with shifts and changes that should be disturbing to anyone paying attention. The Catholic Church is preparing to abandon their teaching of Limbo.

Limbo is the place where unbaptised babies go, somewhere between heaven and hell. It is a happy place apparently, even though it’s filled with babies, but it is not in the presence of God. The idea was made popular by St. Augustine back in the 13th Century. I will quote two popes:

Pope Pius X had declared in 1905: “Children who die without baptism go into limbo, where they do not enjoy God, but they do not suffer either, because having Original Sin, and only that, they do not deserve paradise, but neither hell or purgatory.”

Pope John Paul II said “The Church can only entrust them [unbaptised babies] to the mercy of God. In fact the great mercy of God, who wants all men to be saved, and the tenderness of Jesus towards children allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who die without baptism.”

This is intriguing knowing the catechal teaching that popes are infallible and speak for God. God sure changes His mind a lot. Changing Church doctrine is pretty tough if one of the Church doctrines you invent is infallibility. We all know there’s only one infallible person and I never change my mind.

2 thoughts on “Limbo Mambo”

  1. It used to be that Catholics could not eat meat on Friday. Even school lunches reflected that – you always had fish on Fridays. I was good friends with a Catholic girl when that was changed and the change totally shook her faith. She couldn’t understand why something that had always been wrong was now right.

  2. My mother is the cbc sparks director and I want you to notice she didn’t even argue with the fact that I’m infallible. Just pointing that out.

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