CONFERENCE BY FR. SIMPLICIUS ON LIMBO
CONFERENCE CONSISTS OF THREE AUDIO FILES
TOTAL LENGTH IS APPROXIMATELY 83 MINUTES
Modern Errors on Limbo
ON LIMBO - PART 1 of 3
That state of catechesis is in shambles today. Many are no longer even being taught of the necessity of baptism for salvation, at least in its effect. For no one can get to Heaven on his own natural power. Heaven is not “due” to man. Rather, God’s gift of sanctifying grace is needed. Infants can only receive this grace through baptism, for they do not have the use of reason. Many modern theologians, encyclopedias, magazines, and advisory theological commissions are spreading error and confusion regarding Limbo. Yet abandoning this teaching can cause great harm to the faithful. It is essential for Catholics today to have a proper definition and understanding of Limbo. We must also dispel the error of magisterialism.
Church Teaching on Limbo
ON LIMBO - PART 2 of 3
One of the most prevalent errors today is naturalism. This heresy has led many to dismiss the Church’s teaching on Limbo. Naturalism denies original sin, conflates nature and grace, and posits that supernatural grace is due to man as a very part of his nature. The truth is that grace is a free gift from God, not one which we “deserve”. (No one has a “right” to Heaven.) Limbo has always been the teaching of the Church and has been upheld by the Church Fathers, St. Thomas and scholasticism, and papal teaching. Infants have no way of receiving supernatural grace except through Baptism. The Limbo of the Infants is a state of natural happiness without suffering and without the Beatific Vision.
Dont Close the Door on Limbo
ON LIMBO - PART 3 of 3
There are some objections or problems concerning Limbo and we ought to be aware of them. For example, do not all have a supernatural end and receive a guardian angel? Can the faith of parents get baptism of desire for their infants? What of the case of abortion? What is the level of Church teaching on Limbo? Consider Canon Law and the catechisms (of the past). They stress the urgency of parents’ obligation to baptize infants shortly after birth. Limbo is not a hypothesis or theory but a theological certainty. Limbo has been the common teaching of the Church since the Fathers because it is a necessary theological conclusion. So, don’t close the door on Limbo just yet…