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Musings 2006/211

Limbo
Further to my contention that Limbo still exists (even as a committee of Church intelligentsia has been appointed to consider this matter - its findings and recommendations to be submitted to the Pope) I continue musing
There is no suggestion from any real-Catholic that Limbo didn't exist up until the time of Christ - there had to be some place in which the souls of good people awaited the Coming of Christ Who would release them into Eternal-life.

You would be not be incorrect in saying
that these Holy Souls
were in Limbo on a permanent basis
conditional on the coming of Christ.

There has been division as to whether there was one Limbo or two - a separate one for unborn children or children who died in early infancy who were unable to either merit Heaven or deserve hell. The possibility of two Limbos was only a matter of consideration after the Coming of Christ.
Now, I have to ask the question:- what happened to the innocent unborn and the infants who inhabited Limbo when Christ redeemed creation and personally released the awaiting Holy Souls - before which the Sacrament of Baptism was non-existent?
Clearly, The Church considers that the
Holy Innocents - those babies whom Herod put to death in his attempt to kill Jesus - were martyrs.
The Church has a special feast day for them - December 28th. - and my Missal states that
These innocent victims thus bear witness to Christ to a world unwilling to receive him.
Who could disagree with that?
However - these Holy Innocents remain in the category of the unborn or infants incapable, of themselves, of meriting Heaven or deserving hell - and certainly they were not baptised.

So are we to contend
that unique circumstances of chance
saved the Holy Innocents
while all other innocents were quite unable to be saved?

So Jesus Christ released the faithful adults from Limbo after His Crucifixion as well as the Holy Innocents - what then happened to the other residents of Limbo?
I have previously argued that Limbo held souls on a permanent basis - as long taught by The Church although not a definite Doctrine - but that this permanency is a
conditional permanence.
The fact that the faithful of God before Christ, were released upon His redemptive Sacrifice, points to the fact that Limbo is permanent but this permanence can be circumvented.
Obviously the condition for release was that Christ Himself would open the gates of Heaven for them.
The fact that the Holy Innocents are considered Martyrs of The Church, is another proof of a conditional permanence.
The other consideration of The Church, held for many centuries was that Limbo consisted, since Christ, of the
unbaptised souls.
Obviously this teaching has to receive acceptance and full approval, so as to give credence to Christ's words:-
50  3  5 Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John
(Yet again, the question comes up from another angle:- There was no
baptism before Christ so what of the unborn and infants up until then?)

I think we have sufficient evidence
that Limbo is and has always been, permanent
but a conditional permanence.

What is Conditional Permanence?
I am convinced, as I say, that this is a fact of Limbo - conditional permanence.
(And if I had to make a suggestion as to what is the make-up of Limbo,
I would point to a single Limbo, made up of various states or levels and that all states of existence consist of a conditional permanence.)
It was Christ's Work
on earth whereby the eligible souls of Limbo were welcomed into Eternal-life.
It is my belief (at least until The Church defines otherwise) that the permanence of Limbo can only be circumvented by action within time and space - that is, earth - that is, through The Universal Church - that is,
not through the Angels and Saints of Heaven.
If a conditional permanence relied on the Angels and Saints, then that would automatically rescind the
permanence of Limbo.

I think so, because The Church
is The Mystical Body of Christ
and so what Christ achieved on earth,
His Mystical Body can also do.

Christ has given His Church His Own Authority.
And The Church has taken advantage of this Authority by providing the fuller reality of Baptism, so that She definitively gives acceptance to Baptism of desire and Baptism of martyrdom, which provides an avenue for those children of God not able to be baptised by water in the Name of The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We perceive in this that the above statement of The Redeemer on the absolute necessity of Baptism, was a itself a conditional necessity, in that
born again of Water and The Holy Spirit could include Baptism of desire and Baptism of Blood.

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