Page 2, 27th November 1953

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Belief in Limbo

SM.-Michael O'Halloran is entitled to his opinion that "the Church is not concerned to defend a Limbus Puerorum eternally empty"; but the facts show that the Church also has no objection to her members making this proposition, as I am doing now. Catholics are certainly under no obligation atthe present time to believe in the existence of the Limbo of Children, that unbaptised children go to a place of natural happiness, and are deprived of the beatific vision.

As Michael O'Halloran's letter indicates, there are many scriptural, historical and theological factors to he weighed in a discussion on Limbo. He quotes a few on one side. But a letter cannot hope to suggest even all the avenues which remain to be explored. Many issues of The Irish Ecclesiastical Record and two long articles in issues of The Downside Review have by no means exhausted the subject which is also being discussed by theologians on the Continent.

John M. Todd Llanfoist, Holcombe, near Bath,




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