So long, Limbo

Later this week, Pope Benedict XVI will formally abolish the concept of Limbo.
Limbo has never been an officially-endorsed Roman Catholic belief (unlike purgatory), but has been suggested as the repository for the souls of unbaptised infants and those who led a good life before the coming of Jesus.
I have two reactions to this: the first is that it's kind of impressive that the Pope can just abolish something like the idea of Limbo. The second, however, is that it's not like this is a huge decision handed down from on high that dramatically alters the direction of the Church -- there was more uproar about Pluto being demoted to a dwarf planet than what will come from the Pope saying there is no such thing as Limbo. When he relaxes the rules for priesthood and accepts homosexuality, then I'll give him some snaps.

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