Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Limbo in Limbo

Pope Benedict XVI will end the Catholic doctrine of Limbo. As strange as the concept of Limbo sounds to those of us who were reared as protestants (and I imagine it's even weirder for Atheists and adherents of other faiths), it made a certain logical sense that virtuous people who did not have any opportunity to convert were not doomed to an eternity of pain. According to the article:

Limbo is traditionally held to be the place where the souls of children go if they die before they can be baptised and so freed from original sin.

It is also the fate of “holy people” such as the prophet Abraham who lived before the time of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe offered mankind redemption through his death and Resurrection.

I always thought Limbo, based on my knowledge of it from the Inferno, would been a pretty cool place to hang out. Imagine a poker game with Socrates, Abraham, and Caesar.

What's next on the chopping block, Purgatory? (Don't even get me started on how weird that one looks to Protestants.)

NP: "The Avalanche" - Sufjan Stevens

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