A.Suarez's Treatment on a Pope's Formulation for Original Sin's Transmission!


(Antoine Suarez) #783

George,

I apologize for the delay.

Regarding Limbo the news you refer to were caused by a study of The International Theological Commission under the title:

The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised

Efectively Pope Benedict XVI, in an audience granted on January 19, 2007, approved the text for publication.

The study is motivated by:

“the theological desire to find a coherent and logical connection between the diverse affirmations of the Catholic faith: the universal salvific will of God; the unicity of the mediation of Christ; the necessity of baptism for salvation; the universal action of grace in relation to the sacraments; the link between original sin and the deprivation of the beatific vision; the creation of man ‘in Christ’."

The conclusion of this study is that:

“there are theological and liturgical reasons to hope that infants who die without baptism may be saved and brought into eternal happiness, even if there is not an explicit teaching on this question found in Revelation.”

However, the study stresses:

“none of the considerations proposed in this text to motivate a new approach to the question may be used to negate the necessity of baptism, nor to delay the conferral of the sacrament. Rather, there are reasons to hope that God will save these infants precisely because it was not possible to do for them that what would have been most desirable— to baptize them in the faith of the Church and incorporate them visibly into the Body of Christ.”

In my view there is still a different possibility to keep to all the statements of faith and commitments the study refers to, which is worthy to be discussed:

Embryos and infants who die without being capable of free will and responsible choice can reincarnate and come again to have a life as accountable persons.

Notice that this conclusion is perfectly compatible with Hebrews 9:27.

Thanks in advance for commenting.


(George Brooks) #784

@AntoineSuarez

Since Benedict’s announcement, it would seem you need to acknowledge that Baptism is metaphysically OPTIONAL … though mandatory from the viewpoint of joining a church, or some
other aspect that is not really part of the considerations regarding “image of God” language in Genesis.


(Antoine Suarez) #785

That people dying without Baptism can go to heaven, was acknowledged by Pope Pius IX as early as 1863. Regarding those who live sincerely observing the law and precepts inscribed by God on all hearts this Pope stated:

they live honest lives and are able to attain eternal life by the efficacious virtue of divine light and grace. Because God knows, searches and clearly understands the minds, hearts, thoughts, and nature of all, his supreme kindness and clemency do not permit anyone at all who is not guilty of deliberate sin to suffer eternal punishments .

In other words, these people (also without Baptism) receive the grace God ordinarily bestows through Baptism, and therefore it holds for all what St. Paul states: Through Baptism we become part of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:12-14,27), and thereby “Image of God” (Colossians 1:15).

The “image of God” in Genesis is the announcement that God will take a human body, and thereby the very definition of Humanity, even as a biological species.


(George Brooks) #786

@AntoineSuarez

And it took a century longer to conclude the very same for innocent babies.