[quote=squeekster]I realize that limbo was never “officially” a doctrine of the Catholic church. Nevertheless, it was taught for years as TRUTH. Now, it seems, it is no longer a valid teaching. Since it was at one point taught as truth and now no longer is, where did the idea come from in the first place?
One thing seems apparent. Since God never changes and He can NOT lie, the idea of limbo obviously wasn’t from Him.
If someone taught you that the theological speculation of limbo (regarding the souls of the unborn who die) was an official teaching of the church, I can understand why you might have uncharitable feelings toward that person. But try to forgive them, as they probably didn’t intend to confuse you or do harm.
Theological speculations are just that: speculations. They are attempts to answer questions, but they are not proposed as items required for belief by the teaching authority of the Church. It’s still being discussed by theologians and is an attempt to reconcile the necessity of Baptism in some form with the perfect justice of God. There are other possible solutions that are being discussed, and if you want, we could get into them.
God protects his Church from officially teaching error in areas of faith and morals, but He doesn’t guarantee that any theologian is going to immediately come up with answers to all possible questions.
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