Benedict himself stated that limbo had been used “to justify the necessity of baptising infants as early as possible” to ensure that they had the “sanctifying grace” needed to wash away the effects of original sin. Well, just how early have children been baptised? As early as when the baby is still in its mother’s womb! Yes, in the past, if it appeared likely that a child in the womb would die before being born, exact instructions were given for baptising the baby while still in the womb – and instruments were actually provided for performing this! A “baptismal syringe” was used to squirt the child in the womb with the “holy water” of baptism; and the opening of the nozzle of some varieties of the instrument was made in the form of a cross to add “sanctity” to its use!
So now, if Rome has decided that all children who die go straight to heaven anyway – why bother to baptise them? In the words of a nun, Sara Butler, who was a member of the Vatican commission set up to examine the concept of limbo: “If you are too positive and say, ‘God is so good, he saves everyone,’ then you are saying you don’t need baptism.” And priest Tony Kelly, another member of the commission, said, “We all smiled a bit when we were presented with this question, but then we saw how many important questions it opened.” For example, questions about the existence of original sin and the need for baptism.
How, then, did the commission sort this out? Priest Kelly’s answer is telling: “Pastorally and catechetically, the matter had been solved” with an affirmation that somehow, God in his great love and mercy would ensure unbaptised babies enjoyed eternal life with him in heaven; “but,” he added, “we had to backtrack and do the theology.”
Rome’s motto has always been, “Always the same.” It claims that it never changes. It claims that it teaches the truth which the apostles taught. And yet here we are, in the 21st century, and Rome is backtracking on what it permitted its blinded devotees to believe for many, many centuries! Literally millions of Roman Catholics have lived and died in the belief that unbaptised children cannot go to heaven, but must spend eternity in a place called limbo, a place that is not hell and not purgatory but also not quite heaven. And now – Rome has “backtracked”! It now simply says, “Oops – there’s really no such place after all. We’ve allowed our priests to teach this concept, for centuries, to the poor grieving parents of babies who die in infancy without being baptised; but, well, ahem, the place really doesn’t exist.”
And this monstrosity is believed by millions to be a Christian church? This lying, deceiving, wicked institution, with its false and man-made teachings which it can proclaim for centuries and then simply jettison when it no longer suits its purposes to proclaim them? It is not a true Christian church and never has been! The Word of the living God, the Bible, never changes. Its teachings are always the same. A true church of God teaches what the Bible says. It does not invent doctrines to suit itself, and then later discard them when it deems it necessary to do so. The Bible speaks of heaven, and of hell, and this is all, then, that true Christian churches proclaim. Not so, however, with the heretical “Church” of Rome. It adds to the Word of God whenever it feels like doing so; and then it changes its beliefs whenever it feels like it.
So just how did Rome “backtrack”? Let’s hear the explanation from Benedict XVI himself. When he was still a cardinal, Ratzinger stated that while limbo was allowed to disappear from the scene, the teaching of John Paul II in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and in his encyclical, The Gospel of Life, took “a decisive turn.” He stated that John Paul “expressed the simple hope that God is powerful enough to draw to himself all those who were unable to receive the sacrament [of baptism].”
Priest Kelly put it this way: turning away from the concept of limbo was part of “the development of the theological virtue of hope” and reflected “a different sense of God, focusing on his infinite love.”
This again shows how Rome’s theology evolves; it is not “always the same”, it develops, it alters things it held before, it changes. If the times demand “a different sense of God”, then this is what Rome gives the people. It owes no allegiance to the unchanging and unchangeable truths of God’s Word. The Great Whore (Rev. 17) sticks her finger into the wind and sees which way it is blowing, and then changes whatever it feels the need to change accordingly. In today’s world, the kind of “God” the people want is a “God” of “infinite love”, not a God of wrath and vengeance against sinners, so this is the kind of “God” the priests of Rome give to their people. This, after all, is the only way for the Vatican to hold on to the people.
Kelly went on to say that the fact that God loves his creatures so much that he sent his Son to die in order to save them means that there exists an “original grace” just as there exists original sin. And although the existence of “original grace” does not justify thinking that everyone will be saved automatically, “it does justify hope beyond hope” that those who die without having had the opportunity to be baptised will be saved.
So this is how they have backtracked! They now claim that their hope is that God, being a God of infinite love, who sent his Son to die for all men (or so they believe), will save those who die without having had the opportunity to be baptised. Whether this is biblical truth or not is not something that concerns them (and of course, it’s not!).
In actual fact, this “backtracking” was already to be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, published in 1994. The following paragraphs sum it up (read carefully!):
“The Lord Himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation (Jn. 3:5). He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptise them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptised are ‘reborn of water and the Spirit.’ God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.”