Monday, April 3, 2017
LIMBO IS BACK, BUT NEVER REALLY GONE, AND IT IS A DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH BUT NEVER SOLEMNLY DEFINED AND CERTAINLY NOT A DOGMA
Of course Limbo is believed by the Church.We proclaim so in the solemnly defined dogmas of the Apostles Creed when on Holy Saturday Jesus Christ descended into "hell" to release from limbo all the Old Testament figures who anticipated the future coming of the Messiah. This also presumes their children, some of whom were infants when they died, but all of them unbaptized.
Rorate Caeli has an announcement on an upcoming conference on the undefined doctrine of limbo:
The topic of Limbo is of particular importance to those who wish to defend the Catholic tradition, as it has come under particularly strong attack from modern theologians with novel views on grace. If eternal life is really an entirely gratuitous gift of God, which is given only to those who believe in Christ, then what of those who die without Baptism or Divine Faith, but who have never committed actual mortal sin? The overwhelming wight of the witnesses to Tradition is that such persons cannot enter eternal life, but rather enter descend to the underworld, without, however, receiving the punishments of those who died in actual mortal sin. The place of such souls is what has been called “Limbo”. (Cf. Rorate’s previous posts on topic, especially here and here). But modernist theologians, who think that their is a natural desire to enjoy the supernatural gift of the Beatific Vision, and that therefore Divine Faith in Christ can be implicit in the general intention to do good, claim that God gives eternal life to all such persons. The Dialogos Institute’s Colloquium will thus directly address some of the most important issues in the struggle between Tradition and (neo-)modernism. - See more at: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2017/04/dialogos-institute-to-hold-colloquium.html#more