More on the Mystery of the Holy Innocents

In January of 2006 I posted a reflection on the fate of unbaptized children who die, using the account in Matthew of the martyrdom of the Holy Innocents as a starting point. The International Theological Commission had been investigating the issue of limbo.
Today it seems that the commission has released a Benedict-approved statement that there is, according to Zenit‘s reporting (April 20), “serious theological and liturgical grounds for the hope that such babies [those who die without baptism] are saved and enjoy the beatific vision.”
If this ‘seriously grounded’ hope points to reality, then limbo is certainly a fiction.
What then of the doctrine of original sin? It remains untouched, despite what some might believe, as Zadok explains.
For some more details check out the CNS story on the document.

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