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Vatican rethinking tradition of limbo

By Ian Fisher

It may seem half a shame to get rid of a church tradition, however cruel and antiquated, if it can inspire poetry like Dante’s “The Inferno” or spooky lines such as these from Seamus Heaney: “Fishermen at Ballyshannon/Netted an infant last night/Along with the salmon.” But limbo, that netherworld of unbaptized babies and worthy pagans, is on the way out “” another lesson that while belief in God may not change, the things people believe about him most certainly do.

This month, 30 top theologians from around the world met at the Vatican to discuss, among other quandaries, the problem of what happens to babies who die without being baptized. What they were really doing, as theological advisers to Pope Benedict XVI, was finally disposing of limbo: a concept that was never official church doctrine but has been an enduring medieval theory of a blissful state among the departed, somehow different from heaven and hell.

Read the original article at: Statesman.com

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