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(YahooNews)-VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Church has effectively buried the concept of limbo, the place where centuries of tradition and teaching held that babies who die without baptism went.
In a long-awaited document, the Church's International Theological Commission said limbo reflected an "unduly restrictive view of salvation."
The verdict that limbo could now rest in peace had been expected for years. The document was seen as most likely the final word since limbo was never part of Church doctrine, even though it was taught to Catholics well into the 20th century.
"The conclusion of this study is that there are theological and liturgical reasons to hope that infants who die without baptism may be saved and brought into eternal happiness even if there is not an explicit teaching on this question found in revelation," it said.
Originally posted by Frontkjemper
I agree with you DJ. I'm a Roman-Catholic myself, but I found that particular teaching to be a very cold and unreasonable belief. God has an infinite amount of mercy and love. I believe he has better things to do then damn infants to hell, or anyone else for that matter.
Originally posted by DJMessiah
It all has to do with man made teachings of the church. I'm not placing the blame on the Catholic Church solely, since I've seen many churches try and make up their own teachings that coincides with the bible. Too many are trying to make going to church "entertaining" by hiring bands and playing rock music, buying big screen TVs and playing movies, or by trying to tie in a political affiliation to their teachings (yes, I understand this isn't "entertaining" )
Churches need to get back to the true teachings of Jesus and teach tolerance, love, and peace.