From our man in the Vatican – This week sees the final deliberations of the International Theological Commission on the inquiry into the existence or otherwise of Limbo.
The RCC has no intention of insulting the intelligence of members and readers by restating that Limbo is not and never has been doctrine, nor engaging with people who will claim this as a “U-turn”.
The Pope has opposed the theory publicly and otherwise for many years, seeing it as logically unsound and the instruction of the ITC to come up with a definitive ruling is, according to sources, something of a forgone conclusion.
“Basically” said one source, “unbaptized children have always doctrinally been entrusted to the mercy of God. It’s logically indefensible to believe in a merciful God and expect Him to eternally separate Himself from young or even unborn children. It’s just a non sequiter.”
Limbus infantium seems almost guaranteed to go on the simple application of Divine mercy, limbus patrum seems unlikely to hang around in the same way either.
“When you get Christ talking about Lazerus resting in the bosom of Abraham in Heaven, it would be one hell of a mixed signal if Abraham was stuck in Limbo wouldn’t it?” our man said.
“I mean really, imagine if unborn children went to a circle of hell – assuming God creates all life knowing how it will end, then every miscarriage or abortion would mean a soul created to go to hell, literally with no hope of salvation, that’s double predestination, we’re not bloody Calvinists for God sake!”
“What they (the ITC) seem to be thinking is; in the case of pre-Resurrection ‘just pagans’, they wouldn’t have gone to Heaven straight away, but presumably they would be in Heaven following the Resurrection. Its not so much that limbus paternum never existed as, ‘Who could go there now?’
“Nowadays, its pretty black and white, you either accept Christ or you don’t, for the tiny minority who never hear the Gospel, its far better for the Church to speak of what she knows: the mercy and love of God, not existential speculation.”
Many have expressed wonder at the scrapping of centuries of tradition that surround a belief, if not a doctrine, of Limbo. A belief which stems from St Augustine’s arguments before the 13 century Council of Carthage in which the Palagian heresies were anathematised.
Pelegius, with his wacky notions, was cast out for claiming there was somewhere “in between” Heaven and Hell, but mostly for denying the need for Grace to conquer sin.
When asked about Augustine’s insistence that unborn children went to Hell, our source said “And Thomas Aquinas thought all women were deformed men, these people are great theologians, but the Church doesn’t sign up to everything they ever thought.”