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April 26, 2007

Limbo, R.I.P.

tina on July 17, 2010 03:54 PM EST writes:
limbo

Since when is Benedict allowed to change church beliefs held for centuries? My infant daughter was born dead and stayed dead for 3 hours. My doctor, to comfort me, decided to baptize her lifeless corpse. Just as the water hit her head, and him pronouncing the words, "In the Name of the Father...", she coughed and began to cry. He told me the entire O.R. got down on their knees. He said he had never witnessed such a thing in all the years of his medical service. Baptism had the power to restore life to my dead child. Baptism is necessary. There is a limbo. Jesus doesn't change. Not now. Not ever. Benedict needs to rethink his erroneous logic. Everyone, get your babies baptizes as soon as it is possible. Peace out!
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Mary Beth Crain on May 24, 2007 03:32 PM EST writes:
Bromleigh

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I do have a question that maybe you can asnwer. It is just so hard for me to understand how or why parents could believe that their innocent baby would go to hell simply because it was not possible to baptize it. That is so ruthless and un-Godlike that it seems both reason and emotion would not let them accept this--or a religion that advocates something so unspeakably cruel. Can you explain? Thanks.
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Bromleigh on May 20, 2007 09:47 AM EST writes:
I take your point about a person having the authority to abolish an "imaginary place," but I think, in practice, this may make a difference. I think of all the CPE students (myself included, not so long ago)whose first real pastoral challenges in hospitals come from grieving Catholic parents seeking baptism for their stillborn infants. It happens all the time. And if you could assure those folks that their babies were going to heaven -- even the pope says so -- then maybe we could get out of the theological bind of being asked to perform a sacrament of the living on the dead... and wanting to do so in order to do what small thing we can to alleviate grief.
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Jeff E. on May 17, 2007 07:31 PM EST writes:
Francis was a talking mule. Mr. Ed was the talking horse.
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