Apparently, Pope Benedict XVI is about to change the church’s teaching on limbo – at least it was the teaching I was brought up on — that unbaptized babies don’t go to heaven or to hell but to some kind of intermediate state called limbo where they reportedly languish for all eternity.
More than six million children die of hunger every year – many of them in Muslim countries where the teaching is that stillborn babies go straight to heaven. Naturally Rome doesn’t want potential converts turning to Islam which provides a much better fate for babies.
There is a theological commission lookin g into this question of limbo and it is not scheduled to report until some time in 2008. But because of the Islamic threat the Pope has decided to speed up the process. Can you imagine a group of septuagarian celibate males sitting around for months discussing the pros and cons of limbo? Do you think anyone cares?