Thanks to Pope Benedict XVI unbaptized children are saved. Does this mean that the ruling is retroactive and twenty-one centuries of unbaptized infants have been promoted out of “no mans land” and into communion with the rest of the faithful departed? I hope so. Limbo is a concept that never really made any sense to me, but it was one of those concepts that we were taught as young children. Meat on Friday’s, 12 hour fasts before receiving the Eucharist and a host of other regulations have gone by the board in the last forty years since the end of Vatican II. There will no doubt be a number of Catholics who will reject this teaching. I know some who want to return to a Latin Mass and put nuns and priests back in those special suits and habits they used to wear. These radical changes will unnerving to some, but other will welcome them. I’m grateful that the Pope has made this change. Maybe sometime before we don’t have any priests left to say Mass they’ll loosen up a bit and let the clergy get married like the rest of us. I never could find the celibacy argument and the no meat on Friday in the Gospels.
Another five hundred years and the church will accept gays and maybe they’ll re-think original sin. Maybe eventually they’ll get back to a more Scotian view of theology. There is always reason to hope.