Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Just a guess...

...and anyway, halfway measures aren't cutting it anymore for the Catholic church:

THE Pope will cast aside centuries of Catholic belief this week by abolishing the concept of limbo, in a gesture to help win the souls of millions of babies in the developing world for Christ.

The evidence suggests Benedict XVI never believed in limbo anyway. But in the evangelisation zones of Africa and Asia, the Pope - an authority on all things Islamic - is aware Muslims believe the souls of stillborn babies go straight to heaven.

Looking to spread the faith in countries with high infant mortality, now is a good time to make it clear the stillborn babies of Christian mothers go to heaven, too.

Although it has never been part of the church's doctrine, the existence of limbo was taught to Catholics around the world. In Britain, it was in the Penny Catechism, approved by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, that declared limbo "a place of rest where the souls of the just who died before Christ were detained".

But limbo failed to impress the Pope, who was recorded as saying before his election: "Personally, I would let it drop, since it has always been only a theological hypothesis."

Not that there's anything wrong with that?

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