Friday, April 20, 2007

Pope Abolishes Limbo; Remains Oddly Mum on The Easter Bunny

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It was only a matter of time, we suppose (The Corsair sips a Chateau Mouton Cadet '38) Fiat Voluntas Tua, and -- Blam! -- The Prada-wearing Pope has abolished the always rather dodgy concept of "Limbo" (Exaggerated cough suggesting feigned detachment). 'Cause that's how Il Papa rolls ... From the LosAngelesTimes:

"Limbo has been in limbo for quite some time, but is now on its way to extinction.

"A Vatican committee that spent years examining the medieval concept on Friday published a much-anticipated report, concluding that unbaptized babies who die may go to heaven."

The Gray Lady had an interesting -- and slightly cynical -- article in December, saying, in part, "The church is growing most in poor places like Africa and Asia where infant mortality remains high. While the concerns of the experts reconsidering limbo are more theological, it does not hurt the church's future if an African mother who has lost a baby can receive more hopeful news from her priest in 2005 than, say, an Italian mother did 100 years ago.

"'You look at the proper theology, but if there is more consolation, all the better,' said the Rev. Luis Ladaria, the Spanish Jesuit who is secretary general of the International Theological Commission, the official body working on limbo."



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