A Must Read - On Limbo
And with all the hoo-haas over the question of limbo, I'm rather sad to hear about the new and modernist teaching on limbo - as it all boils down again to an analogy: a slippery slope - i.e. if you say this well it might just lead to that and more and more errors, going down that horrible slippery road to nowhere. etc. Anyway, here's something to read:
St. Thomas Aquinas' Teaching on the Limbo of Children (via SSPXAsia.com ,Nov 1997 Newsletter)
This question is particularly interesting in our modern circumstances. The existence of the Limbo of Children (distinct from the Limbo of the Fathers, in the Old Testament) on the one hand, is denied by modernists and on the other is misunderstood by many Catholics, either believing that souls detained there suffer or that we can ‘baptise’ them ‘at a distance’! The truth is always a summit between opposite errors. This issue is also important in the question of aborted babies. Let us examine it in three parts:
1) Whether these souls suffer fire like the souls in hell;
2) Whether they suffer from the privation of the Beatific Vision;
3) Whether we can pray or do anything for them.
St. Thomas dwells on this subject in the Supplement of the Summa Theologica, Questions 70bis and 71 (Art.7). In the following article, he explains that these souls do not suffer a sensible pain since this pain is due to actual sins and, having died before having committed any actual sin, they do not deserve that suffering. The punishment for original sin is merely the privation of the Beatific Vision.
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DICI #154 in its editorial also asks this question: Why such anxiety to have infants receive baptism?
The Catechism of Saint Pius X answers: “There should be the greatest anxiety to have infants baptized because, on account of their tender age, they are exposed to many dangers of death, and cannot be saved without Baptism.” And it adds: “Fathers and mothers who, through negligence, allow their children to die without baptism sin grievously, because they deprive their children of eternal life; and they also sin grievously by putting off baptism for a long time, because they expose them to danger of dying without having received it.”
Jesus, Mary, I Love Thee; Save Souls!