Limbo in Limbo No Longer

I’m sure there’ll be some hard-core Thomists and rad-trads getting their knickers in a twist over this news. 😉

Unbaptised children out of limbo, Benedict rules

In a long-awaited document published on Friday, the Vatican says that the traditional view of limbo as the destiny of those who die unbaptised is based on an “unduly restrictive view of salvation” and that God “wants all human beings to be saved”. The result is that, with the approval of Pope Benedict, the Vatican’s International Theological Commission has effectively buried the concept of limbo, the International Herald Tribune reports. The thumbs-down verdict on limbo had been expected for years and the document, called “The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised,” was seen as most likely to be final since limbo was never formally part of Church doctrine.

When the text of the report is available, I’ll link to it.

Comments 1

  1. Tom Smith wrote:

    I’m interested to see what kind of creative bullshitting will have to come about to get around the Council of Florence… get ready for some hardcore sophistry!

    (and, by the way, “Thomists” have no more an attachment to limbo than, say, Augustinians, Franciscans, Molinists, etc. You’re singling out this group unfairly.)

    Posted 03 May 2007 at 8:51 pm

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