From reading the various posts and topics, I have always had one question related to limbo. Will the Catholic Church ever accept or acknowledge limbo by its present name??? I find three reasons that it would be difficult. First, some place it in Sheol, some in Purgatory and some around or next door to Heaven. It appears to share attributes with all three but does not belong exclusively to any. Second, the theory’s original ties to the Pelagian heresy casts a shadow on the idea. Third, I cannot find one Church Father around the time of Augustine (and there were others I can’t remember off the top of my head, but he was the most prolific) who actively supported and endorsed and defended limbo against the attacks made on the theory.
As for limbo and infants who die before Baptism, we entrust them to God’s mercy and His Omnipotence (as in the Catechism that God is free to work outside of the Sacraments as we cannot comprehend) and I have seen the Baptism of desire brought up upon which two situations occur:
First, the parents do not want their child baptized (atheists, pagan, etc.) and Second, in the Summa Theologica Thomas Acquinas said that the desire on the part of the Church can apply to the Eucharist but not Baptism. I must admit as I trace the voices over the centuries, they appear to have softened.
I curious as to others thoughts on whether limbo can find a home in the Church Doctrine as it is against a sizable bump in the road of Tradition and its name. What do you think??? Thanks and God Bless.