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Are there any Catholics that want to explain the concepts of limbo and views from the Catholic Church of this concept? ?

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:12 PM on May. 10, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Limbo is believed to be a place where souls go that are not completely forgiven for  their sins, but  who aren't sent to Hell. It is believed it may be for people with venial sins that have not been forgiven. Limbo or purgatory is based on several scriptural passages, one being Matt 12:32. Christ refers to the sinner who "will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come" (Matt. 12:32)

    My experience has been that more non catholics then catholics spend time worry about what purgatory is or isn't. Limbo isn't something most Catholics ( from my experience) worry about, because it's out of our hands. Our goal is to be forgiven for our sins so we can go to Heaven.



    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:00 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • He will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire" (1 Cor 3:15). This is another passage that is used to support the idea of a Limbo because a person sent to Hell can't be saved.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 9:01 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • In Catholic theology, Limbo is a speculative idea about the afterlife condition of those who die in original sin without being assigned to the Hell of the damned. Limbo is not an official doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church or any other. It used to commonly thought that babies who die before being Baptized went to Limbo to await Christ's second coming because although they never committed any actual sins they were not cleansed of original sin and could not go to Heaven in that state. This theory, in any of its forms, has never been dogmatically defined by the Church, but it is permissible to hold it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:04 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • Purgatory, from my understanding, is different from Limbo and is basically the final purification of all who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified. Nothing impure can enter the gates of Heaven. Though purgatory is often pictured as a place rather than a process of purification, this idea is not part of the Church's doctrine. If one goes to Purgatory right after death it's not a perpetual state, they WILL be going to Heaven they just have a few things to be "cleansed" of first.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • In Catholic theology limbo is different than purgatory. Since the question was about limbo - I'll address that. First there are two different "limbos". There's the "Limbo of the Fathers" refers to the state of the souls of those who died in God's grace but could not enter heaven until Christ's redemption made it possible. This would include the righteous souls of the Old Testament times. Then there's the "Limbo of Infants" which is a theological concept (not a Catholic doctrine/dogma) of what happens to the souls of unbaptized babies who died in the state of original sin (aka without baptism) but had not committed any actual sin.

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:38 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • So the Catholic Church has defined doctrines on original sin and baptism - but does not have a specific doctrine on what happens to the souls of unbaptized babies when they die. Basically - we don't know. So the "Limbo of Infants" was one idea that was proposed around the 5th Century I think. Is basically says that since the babiles have original sin they can't enter heaven (nothing unclean can enter heaven), but they haven't committed any actual sins so they not condemned to hell. So they're souls exist in a place without suffering outside of heaven. The concept of limbo has moved in and out of popularity with Catholic theologians.

    Answer by eringobrough at 9:47 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • Recently the Vatican's International Theological Commission traced the history of the various opinions about the eternal fate of unbaptized infants, including that the Limbo of Infants, and after examining the theological arguments, they released a document in 2007. Basically it said that it's reasonable for us to hope that through means unknown to us that God would bring the souls of unbaptized infants to heaven with Him and that this idea does not mean that baptism is not necessary (because it is) nor should it be used as an excuse to delay baptism. 


    Answer by eringobrough at 10:00 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • The document also explained how limbo was never doctrine of the Church. Believing in the existance of a Limbo of Infants is not contrary to Catholic teaching - so Catholics can hold that opinion if they want. But since it's not a doctrine, Cathoics don't have to believe in the Limbo of Infants either.

    Answer by eringobrough at 10:01 PM on May. 10, 2010

  • You should read the book, "Playing Golf With God" I found it explained a lot of limbo.

    Answer by momx3gx1b at 10:30 PM on May. 10, 2010

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