Limbo: Dunzo

We first read about this via T-Muffle, who digs up nuggets like these the way a pig digs up truffles, but here’s another, longer take on the anticipated end of Limbo…

Interesting to note the shift:


The late pope had written: “The Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God. In fact the great mercy of God, who wants all men to be saved, and the tenderness of Jesus towards children allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who die without baptism.”

That view was in contrast to what Pope Pius X had declared in 1905: “Children who die without baptism go into limbo, where they do not enjoy God, but they do not suffer either, because having Original Sin, and only that, they do not deserve paradise, but neither hell or purgatory.”


I never encountered the notion of Limbo until college, most likely because I never encountered the Baltimore Catechism until college. It ain’t in Trent, and it ain’t in the current Catechism. Fascinating.


  1. AnotherCoward says

    The perils of scholasticism: it makes God a system before He’s a lover.

  2. Willy Cook says

    I always imagined Limbo as a part of Hell, because of its permanent separation from God.

    I expect archtraditionalists to be in an uproar because, once again, one pope disagrees with the precedent set by another, as in the Mass changes.

  3. Susan Peterson says

    Limbo was taught to several generations at least of Catholic children as a fact of the geography of the afterworld. I wasn’t Catholic as a child but all the kids I grew up with were and I got regular reports; in fact, I grilled and interrogated the girl next door regularly about the contents of her CCD classes. Hell, Purgatory, Limbo, and Heaven, had equal reality as far as she was concerned. These kids used to rehearse Catechism questions and answers on the bus although they were more or less indifferent to their regular schoolwork. (They were afraid of Sister.) So the Baltimore Catechism was part of my consciousness from an early age even growing up in an atheist family.

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