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The staggering implications of Benedict XVI’s new blatant heresy on Limbo
By now many of you have heard that, on Friday April 20, Benedict XVI approved the release of a new document on limbo. According to news reports, this document teaches that limbo (the highest part of Hell where those who die in original sin only go) doesn’t exist. It concludes, therefore, that unbaptized infants go to Heaven. This document had been in the works for a long time; Benedict XVI officially approved its release on Friday. The implications of this blatantly heretical document are very significant, as I will discuss.
Before I get into a brief doctrinal discussion of this issue, I want to make something clear. It’s time, once again, to call out those who are enemies of the Catholic Faith in this regard. I am thinking not just of those who obstinately and enthusiastically defend Vatican II and the New Mass, but also false traditionalists who, being fully aware of the arguments proving the sedevacantist position and the facts surrounding Benedict XVI’s many heresies, criticize his actions – such as the latest outrage denying original sin – but obstinately maintain that he is not a heretic who has placed himself outside the Church.
Now that Benedict XVI has publicly denied original sin and the necessity of Baptism, for them to maintain that this man is a Catholic, and not a public heretic, shows that they are public heretics who have completely severed themselves from the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ. There is absolutely no excuse for them anymore when they assert that this man, who has just denied original sin, is not a public heretic. They have chosen to serve Satan, and please their fellow men, rather than serve God and stand for the truth. They are wicked enemies of God, faithless destroyers of Catholic teaching, servants of the Devil, friends of Beelzebub, no matter what they might say to the contrary. Why do they continue to lie, and say that this manifest heretic is a Catholic, if they are not servants of the Devil? Why are they afraid to tell the truth, and proclaim it publicly, that he is outside the Church, if they are not bound down by Lucifer?
They are utter liars; and when they lie down at night they should know that they lie to God and to man and that – if they continue on their compromising path and fail to publicly denounce Benedict XVI as a non-Catholic antipope – nothing but Hell awaits them, where all liars go (Apoc. 22:15). True Catholics should look upon them with the horror and the severe disapproval that a Catholic should hold for those who obstinately mock Jesus Christ and His truth, and do so by deceptively posing as defenders of it.
The defenders of Benedict XVI’s claim to be pope will be quick to emphasize that this document was not promulgated in any form that meets the requirements for an ex cathedra teaching. That is certainly true, but it makes no difference. Benedict XVI approved it; he agrees with it. To use an analogy I’ve used many times: James Smith could draw up a document which denies the Immaculate Conception, and even if Benedict XVI didn’t sign Smith’s document or promulgate it with solemn language, if he publicly manifested agreement with it he would be a formal heretic.
Well, the truth that unbaptized infants are conceived in a state of original sin and that they cannot be freed from original sin without the saving waters of baptism, and consequently that infants are excluded from Heaven if they die unbaptized, is a dogma just as solemn and just as defined as Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. In fact, the truth that infants cannot be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism, due to the original sin they inherit from Adam – and the related truth that those who die in original sin only descend into Hell – has been dealt with in many more dogmatic texts than Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, as we will see below.
Here is a portion from my book, Outside the Catholic Church There is Absolutely No Salvation, which quickly covers some of the key dogmatic texts on this matter.
The Catholic Church teaches that aborted children and infants who die without baptism descend immediately into Hell, but that they do not suffer the fires of Hell. They go to a place in Hell called the limbo of the children. The most specific definition of the Church proving that there is no possible way for an infant to be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism is the following one from Pope Eugene IV.
This is a fascinating proposition from The Council of Constance. Unfortunately, this proposition is not found in Denzinger, which only contains some of the Council’s decrees, but it is found in a full collection of the Council of Constance. The arch-heretic John Wyclif was proposing that those (such as ourselves) are stupid for teaching that infants who die without water (i.e., sacramental) baptism cannot possibly be saved. He was anathematized for this assertion, among many others. And here is what the Council of Constance had to say about John Wyclif’s anathematized propositions, such as #6 above.
So those who criticize Catholics for affirming the dogma that no infant can be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism are actually proposing the anathematized heresy of John Wyclif. Here are some other dogmatic definitions on the topic.
This means that anyone who asserts that infants don’t need the “laver of rebirth” (water baptism) to attain eternal life is teaching heresy.
Here Pope Pius VI condemns the idea of some theologians that infants who die in original sin suffer the fires of Hell. At the same time, he confirms that these infants do go to a part of the lower regions (i.e., Hell) called the limbo of the children. They do not go to Heaven, but to a place in Hell where there is no fire. This is perfectly in accord with all of the other solemn definitions of the Church, which teach that infants who die without water baptism descend into Hell, but suffer a punishment different from those who die in mortal sin. Their punishment is eternal separation from God.
In considering these texts, one should zoom in on a few things. First, please consider carefully the texts from the Councils of Florence and Trent. These constitute dogmatic definitions of the highest teaching authority that unbaptized children in original sin are under the domination of the Devil, and that they cannot be saved without the waters of baptism. In the passage quoted above from the Council of Trent, we can see that Trent specifically anathematizes anyone who would assert exactly what Benedict XVI and the new document which he approved assert. Allow me to quote this particular one again:
In light of these facts, could anyone say that Benedict XVI is not a formal heretic on this point? Of course not; he is absolutely a formal heretic, and anyone who would deny this (in light of these facts) is an enemy of Christ and of the Catholic Church. Second, one should note that two more dogmatic councils, the Councils of Florence and Lyons II, explicitly defined that all who die in original sin only go to Hell, but suffer a punishment different from those who die in mortal sin. Finally, as cited already, Pope Pius VI, in Auctorem Fidei, condemned those who would deny that there is a place in Hell where unbaptized children go which doesn’t have the punishment of fire.
In addition to all of these formidable dogmatic definitions, anyone who has spent some significant time reading the fathers of the Church knows that the truth that infants cannot be saved without the Sacrament of Baptism – since they are in a state of original sin – was one of the most emphasized truths in the early Church. Here’s how the early Church father Pope St. Innocent emphatically expressed the mind of tradition on this point, against heretics such as the Pelagians:
According to Papal teaching, Benedict XVI and his theological panel are “quite idiotic.” It’s accurate to say that Benedict XVI’s latest heresy obliterates original sin. If infants go to Heaven without Baptism, that means that all people are born in the state of grace. Therefore, there is no necessity to baptize infants, although the Vatican II sect still encourages it just as Protestant sects do. Like other Protestant sects, the Vatican II sect now considers Baptism to be a nice initiation rite which marks entrance into a community, but it’s neither necessary nor efficacious.
Let’s remember that Our Lord Jesus Christ was the one who laid down the requirement that all men, including infants, must be baptized for salvation. He declared: “Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Ghost he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God” (John 3:5). What we see, therefore, in this latest heresy from the Vatican II sect, is another overturning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They’ve told us that Hell is not a place, that false religions are good, that Judas might not be in Hell, that Jesus might not even be the prophesied Messiah, that the Primacy of St. Peter is optional, etc. This latest – and hugely significant – heresy is another sign of the end: that the Antichrist is presently in Rome waging a massive spiritual war on the Gospel of Jesus Christ from the very buildings of the Catholic Church which his Counter Church has overtaken. The Antichrist is not coming with horns on his head attempting to stab you with a pitchfork. No, his assault is more subtle and more devastating: he is bit by bit attempting to overturn all of the central truths given by Christ and the apostles and dogmatically taught by the Church; yet he is simultaneously attempting to deceive Catholics by mixing this new religion of apostasy with conservative statements and promises of a Latin Mass.
For instance, consider that Benedict XVI recently paid homage to St. Augustine at his tomb. While at the tomb, Benedict XVI called St. Augustine a “model of conversion” for all ages: “ PAVIA, Italy (CNS) -- Paying homage to one of the most important figures of the church, Pope Benedict XVI prayed at the tomb of St. Augustine and called him a "model of conversion" for Christians of all ages.” (http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20070423.htm#head7)
This is very interesting because St. Augustine was perhaps the most outspoken proponent of the apostolic truth that infants who die without Baptism are excluded from the Kingdom of Heaven (since they have original sin).
Do you not see the satanic subterfuge, the diabolical deception that is being engaged in by the execrable Benedict XVI?! On Friday, April 20, Benedict XVI attempts to overturn the Gospel, and the dogmatic teaching of the Church, and the teaching of the fathers of the Church, by approving the new heresy which obliterates the necessity for infants to be baptized; but just two days later, on Sunday, April 22, he gives the appearance of devotion to tradition and to the fathers by paying homage to St. Augustine – the one who was so outspoken on the aforementioned dogma which Benedict XVI just obliterated – as a model of conversion for all ages! Benedict XVI probably deliberately chose St. Augustine as a model of conversion for all ages to subtly mock the fact that St. Augustine couldn’t be considered a model convert today in the Vatican II sect – especially not after Benedict XVI’s approval of the newly published document on infants going to Heaven without Baptism! There is no doubt that Benedict XVI is a manifest heretic who also engages in this kind of satanic mockery of Christ and His Church. This is a spiritual war: Catholics must take sides.
APPENDIX: TWO STATEMENTS FROM BENEDICT XVI’S BOOKS WHICH DEMONSTRATE HIS HERESY ON THIS MATTER
This latest heresy of Benedict XVI makes it relevant to quote two passages that we covered in the review of Benedict XVI’s books, in which he is expressing the same heresy. This latest document which he approved proves, once again, that our interpretation of Benedict XVI’s heretical statements (contrary to the claims of Benedict XVI’s heretical defenders) was absolutely correct.
BENEDICT XVI REJECTS THE DOGMA ON THE NECESSITY OF INFANT BAPTISM AS “UNENLIGHTENED”
There is a lot of heresy in Benedict XVI’s answer to this question. First, he indicates that people can be saved without baptism. Second, he says earlier ages “had devised” (but not received from Christ) the teaching about how infants need baptism for sanctifying grace to avoid limbo. He says that this teaching is “unenlightened”!
This means that infant baptism has no reason to be.
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