Pope: Unbaptized babies no longer in limbo

"Never a defined truth of faith"
Clarifying Catholic thinking on one of the most perplexing theological enigmas, Pope Benedict XVI has explicitly endorsed a Vatican report offering hope that unbaptized infants can reach heaven.

In a report published April 20, the International Theological Commission concluded that the medieval concept of limbo—an intermediate zone between heaven and hell whose denizens enjoy natural happiness but not the “beatific vision” of the Creator —represents an “unduly restrictive view of salvation.”

Limbo, which has fallen out of favor since the 1950s and is not mentioned in the current edition of the Roman Catholic catechism, was originally posited by theologians as a way to reconcile belief in divine mercy with the doctrine that there is “no salvation outside the church.”

 

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