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limbo

by Micha F. Lindemans

In Roman Catholic theology, the temporary place where the souls of unbaptized children remain (limbus infanteum or limbus puerorum), as well as the souls of the righteous who died before Jesus Christ (limbus patrum). These souls are barred from entry to heaven but are not condemned to the eternal suffering in hell.

The teachings of Jesus Christ imply that mankind is born into the world in a state of sin, and that baptism is necessary to be "saved."

The Roman Catholic Church's official catechism (issued in 1992) dropped the mention of limbo. In 2007, the Church officially abandoned the concept.


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  • Etymology:
    limbus: border, edge

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