Saturday, April 21, 2007

End Of Limbo, at Least for Catholics

and just like that, there was no more limbo.

I think the most telling part of the story is this:

The document published Friday said the question of limbo has become a "matter of pastoral urgency" because of the growing number of babies who do not receive the baptismal rite. Especially in Africa and other parts of the world where Catholicism is growing but has competition from other faiths such as Islam, high infant-mortality rates mean many families live with a church teaching them that their babies could not go to heaven.

Although this part was equally blunt:

It would also deprive Catholic leaders of a tool in their fight against abortion, Wolfe said. Priests have long told women that their aborted fetuses cannot go to heaven, which in theory was another argument against ending pregnancy. Without limbo, those fetuses would presumably no longer be denied communion with God.

The whole thing is ridiculous, but at least in this case, the lunacy is utterly transparent.

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