(Don’t) Do the Limbo!

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  October 6, 2006 — 3 Comments

The Roman Catholic Church seems poised (after much discussion) to put an end to the theory of Limbo within Catholic thought and teachings. What does that mean exactly? Well, if the recommendation from the International Theological Commission is approved by the Pope (eventually), it means that unbaptized babies go to Heaven (they hope) instead of a non-tortuous borderland of Hell.

“Vatican sources said 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 baptized or not. The theologians’ finding is that God wishes all souls to be saved, and that the souls of unbaptised children are entrusted to a “merciful God” whose ways of ensuring salvation cannot be known. “In effect, this means that all children who die go to Heaven,” one source said.”Ruth Gledhill and Richard Owen, The Times

So aside from the “ground breaking” development that people don’t like the idea of babies getting sent to not-heaven, what does that mean for the virtuous pagans? Is Rome now officially damning pagan souls of merit? While this whole situation means little to modern Pagans (who don’t believe in the Christian concepts of “Heaven” or “Hell”), it does present a challenge to Christians who held out hope that their favorite pagan philosophers weren’t being actively tortured in the naughty place.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • Jenn93

    I think it’s funny how people tell me Paganism is a “whatever you want” religion(s) that you can mix and match to your needs based on what you feel is right, and meanwhile…

  • steward

    The notion of “limbo” for unbaptized children has never, as far as I can tell, been an accepted theological belief of Roman Catholicism – it was a ‘maybe’ thing which local priests might or might not teach, but was not taught under the authority of the magisterium.As for the “virtuous pagans”, Dante Aligheri is certainly not recognized as a theological source for Roman Catholicism. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Glad to learn all those Rh babies may get out limbo.