The Pope will this week overturn a belief held by Roman Catholics since medieval times by abolishing the concept of Limbo.
Limbo is traditionally held to be the place where the souls of children go if they die before they can be baptised and so freed from original sin.
It is also the fate of “holy people” such as the prophet Abraham who lived before the time of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe offered mankind redemption through his death and Resurrection.
This week a 30-strong Vatican international commission of theologians which has been examining Limbo began its final deliberations. Vatican sources said that it had concluded that all children who die do so in the expectation of “the universal salvation of God” and the “mediation of Christ”, whether baptised or not...
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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Actually, the title of this article is about 40 years off base. The theory of Limbo was never actually taught as a set doctrine in the Roman Catholic Church -- just an "eschatological theory" from the middle ages. It was made virtually irrelevant four decades ago after the Second Vatican Council, in which the bishops infallibly dispensed of the theory by entrusting the souls of all unbaptised children to the mercy of God. Pope Benedict's recent action on this merely formalizes and solidifies what the Second Vatican Council did 40 years ago.