Even the Catholics are becoming more user friendly. No more limbo! If your baby dies without baptism, don’t worry, somehow the original sin it was born with won’t be counted against it. But come have your baby baptized anyway.
They let people teach this for centuries, but now they’re making a big deal that it was never official doctrine. Hmm, right.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After several years of study, the Vatican’s International Theological Commission said there are good reasons to hope that babies who die without being baptized go to heaven.
In a document published April 20, the commission said the traditional concept of limbo — as a place where unbaptized infants spend eternity but without communion with God — seemed to reflect an “unduly restrictive view of salvation.”
The church continues to teach that, because of original sin, baptism is the ordinary way of salvation for all people and urges parents to baptize infants, the document said.
But there is greater theological awareness today that God is merciful and “wants all human beings to be saved,” it said. Grace has priority over sin, and the exclusion of innocent babies from heaven does not seem to reflect Christ’s special love for “the little ones,” it said.