Thursday, May 03, 2007

Notion of Limbo Isn't Closed, Expert Says

In an interview with Inside the Vatican magazine, Sister Butler, who teaches dogmatic theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York, says "the report concludes that limbo remains a 'possible theological opinion.' Anyone who wants to defend it is free to do so. This document, however, tries to give a theological rationale for hoping that unbaptized infants may be saved."


Personally, I'm partial to limbo. The problem with other solutions that I've seen is that they do not address the issue of erasing Original Sin. If the theory cannot explain how Original Sin is erased, then we cannot know for certain that the individuals in question receive the Beatific Vision. A lot of people seem to believe that aborted babies go to heaven because it's just a nice theory and God loves us and why would he be so mean as to not allow babies in heaven?

That's all very nice and good, but it's more wishful thinking than serious theology. That's what I've seen from lay Catholic proponents of unbaptized babies going to heaven.

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