So, Zerinus announces that the question wasn’t whether Catholic doctrine has evolved “into truth” or “away from truth” yet then proceeds to answer the question that he says wasn’t asked. In any case, I doubt there is serious question whether there has been development of Catholic doctrine over the centuries. And since, according to Z, THAT is the question, then we can let it remain there, because it is clear that Z being a Mormon is under the impression that the Catholic Church is and has been apostate since the end of the first century A.D. Therefore, any evolution of doctrine therein is not worth consideration, and one doth wonder why he gives it so much.
For example, once upon a time the Catholic Church taught that Children who died in infancy without baptism would go to hell. Then, when that became politically incorrect, they changed hell to limbo, which was not much better. Now they seem to be back-pedalling on that as well, and saying that we don’t know!
What you mean, “we” kimosabe? You’re not a Catholic, so it seems your choice of pronouns is inappropriate.
As for what the Catholic Church has ever taught about unbaptized children going to Hell, I have never heard of such a thing, except that it is certainly doctrine that ye must be baptized. This is probably one of the main reasons for urgency in the baptism of infants, and one certainly doth wonder why Mormons don’t feel a similar urgency, given their fondness for identification with Catholicism.
…the doctrine of Immaculate Conception was not always Catholic doctrine. It was canonized fairly recently. It was a very popular doctrine among the Catholic laity, and the Catholic Church decided to canonize it because of its popularity. It effectively became Catholic doctrine by popular vote! But it is not a true doctrine. It was never taught in the early Christian church, and there is not a shred of support for it in scripture. There is no support for it even in Catholic Tradition—except that it gained popularity among the laity during the Middle Ages. But the doctrine is completely false. There is no truth in it whatsoever.
Well! That is certainly a stinging rebuke of Catholic doctrine on Immaculate Conception, and one which we should immediately forward over to Pope Benedict so that he can be apprised. After such a thorough and scholarly condemnation of this important Catholic Doctrine by Zerinus, no doubt the Pope will want to revisit it with a view of reversing the 1854 definition.