Monday, June 26, 2006

Of interest, from Seattle Catholic

David Jones and the Holy Mass
Magnanimity Comes to Hollywood -- Fr. Brian Harrison reviews Akeelah and the Bee (also from Fr. Harrison, "Could Limbo be Abolished"--apparently he thinks limbo is a part of Tradition? Odd.)
Review of Earthly Powers
Pope Adrian IV
Fr. Vincent McNabb: A Voice of Contradiction

Articles by Dr. Rao
The Great Western Schism, pt. 1, 2
All Borrowed Armor Chokes Us: An Historical Introduction to the Problems of Catholic Action
Two Popes, Saint Benedict, and the Soul of the West
School Days
Half the Business of Destruction Done
Lose the Past, Lose the Present
The Venetian Interdict of 1606-7
What's Past is Prologue
The Sack of Rome: 1527, 1776
I Lied, I'm Captured, I'm Right
The "War of Liberation": An Unmitigated Catholic Defeat



New Scot said...

Is limbo not a part of tradition? Or has the possibility of a permanent afterlife other than heaven and hell been completely done away with by Baptism of Desire?

papabear said...

Well, I always thought it was just theological speculation, a conclusion drawn from the premises that baptism is the ordinary means of justification, that one must be justified in order to go to heaven, and that baptism (including baptism by blood, etc.) is the only means we know of by which one can be baptized.

So what happens to infants (or preborn children) who die without being baptized and without being justified? Limbo.

Can God justify them without baptism? Yes. Would he? We do not know. I'll have to read Fr. Harrison's argumentation more closely when I get a chance.

papabear said...

This part of the essay is relevant:
It should be clear from the above survey of relevant Catholic magisterial statements that those who now talk about Limbo as only ever having been a mere "hypothesis", rather than a doctrine, are giving a very misleading impression of the state of the question. They are implying by this that the pre-Vatican II Church traditionally held, or at least implicitly admitted, that an alternate 'hypothesis' for unbaptized infants was their attainment of eternal salvation — Heaven. Nothing could be further from the truth. Limbo for unbaptized infants was indeed a theological "hypothesis"; but the only approved alternate hypothesis was not Heaven, but very mild hellfire as well as exclusion from the beatific vision! In short, while Limbo as distinct from very mild hellfire was a 'hypothetical' destiny for unbaptized infants, their eternal exclusion from Heaven (with or without any 'pain of sense') — at least after the proclamation of the Gospel, and apart from the 'baptism of blood' of infants slaughtered out of hatred for Christ — this was traditional Catholic doctrine, not a mere hypothesis. No, it was never dogmatically defined. But the only question is whether the doctrine was infallible by virtue of the universal and ordinary magisterium, or merely "authentic".