Pope May Put Limbo in Limbo

According to Italian media reports on Tuesday, an international theological commission will advise Pope Benedict to eliminate the teaching about limbo from the Catholic catechism.
The Catholic Church teaches that babies who die before they can be baptized go to limbo, whose name comes from the Latin for “border” or “edge,” because they deserve neither heaven nor hell.

In his Divine Comedy, Dante passes limbo on his way into hell and writes: “Great grief seized on my own heart when this I heard, because some people of much worthiness I knew, who in limbo were suspended.”

Reuters: Theologians to ask Pope to suspend limbo? »
” Perhaps we could all do the limbo. The bar seems to be getting lower every day”
You’re dead right, limbo’s gone »
Wikipedia: Limbo »

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  1. The Catholic Church doesn’t “teach” Limbo and never has, though some Popes have favoured it. It is a theological opinion, once commonly held, that was never made dogma.
    Over the last century, many Catholics have become dissatisfied with the idea. Indeed, Limbo was not mentioned in the 1992 universal Catechism (the bit in the above article about “eliminating it from the Catechism” is therefore incorrect).

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