Thursday, December 15, 2005

Vatican Retires Doctrine

The Vatican has just dissolved their belief in Limbo, that awkward place that's neither heaven nor hell. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia it is the:

(a) the temporary place or state of the souls of the just who, although purified from sin, were excluded from the beatific vision until Christ's triumphant ascension into heaven (the "limbus patrum"); or (b) to the permanent place or state of those unbaptized children and others who, dying without grievous personal sin, are excluded from the beatific vision on account of original sin alone (the "limbus infantium" or "puerorum").

The Roman church has finally grown out of this medieval and unbiblical doctrine, which, according to Pope Benedict, is only a "theological hypothesis" anyway. Congratulations to the Vatican who has taken this baby step.
They could save a lot of time and money if they'd just listen to the Reformed Christians who figured this, as well as a myriad of other fallacies, out 500 YEARS AGO.