This was mentioned on Gerry Ryan yesterday morning, where he asked the obvious question – what on earth happens all those people in limbo? Where do they go now. Sinead has also brought the subject up.
Yes the Catholic Church is an easy thing to take the piss out of on occassions such as this. I like the history of the idea though:
…in 1905, pope and now St Pius X made a definitive declaration confirming the existence of limbo. “Children who die without baptism go into limbo, where they do not enjoy God, but they do not suffer either, because having original sin, and only that, they do not deserve paradise, but neither hell nor purgatory.”
However the statement was not made infallibly.
Imagine if it was made infallibly, oh the horror! The Church wouldn’t be able to back track once an idea became untenable.