Monday, February 13

FLIPPANT, CATHOLIC-BASHING EDITORIAL IN LOS ANGELES TIMES

The Los Angeles Times betrays the secularist-progressive agenda of the Left-leaning mainstream media in a flippant, Catholic-bashing editorial in today's edition.

ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION to what's been happening to hell in recent years has surely realized that limbo was not long for this world — or the next one. Limbo is the nether region where, according to Roman Catholic tradition, unbaptized babies go after death. It's a pleasant enough place, though devoid of the bliss of God's presence. But now its future is in peril.

A group of Vatican theological advisors signaled after a recent meeting that they would recommend eliminating the concept of limbo. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to agree, meaning unbaptized babies would go to heaven instead.

Of course, the LAT is convinced that this is less about a serious-minded re-evaluation of Catholic domga than a crass example of theological opportunism:

There are practical reasons to eliminate limbo. It hinders the church's conversion of Africa — normally more receptive to Roman Catholic orthodoxy than the United States or Latin America — because limbo is a hard sell in a place with high infant mortality rates. Mothers are repelled by the thought that their lost children can never enter heaven and that there will be no reunion in the afterlife. Sending unblessed infants to heaven also lends gravitas to the church's position on abortion, allowing a fetus to be accepted into the presence of God.

You just had to know that the LAT's editorialist would weave Pro-Choice propaganda into its assault on The Church. Note the invidious distinction between "unblessed infants" and "a fetus." The term "unborn child" is anathema to the people who want to preserve a woman's "reproductive rights" to have this done.

Did I characterize the editorial as "flippant?" Read the following and tell me otherwise!

One big indicator of hell's downfall came in 1999, when Pope John Paul II said that rather than being a fiery torture chamber, hell was a more docile place, "the state of those who freely and definitively separate themselves from God."

In other words, not a bad place to hang out but lacking the grace and joy of God. With hell now just limbo for adults, there's not much left for the original article.

And even the blessed Sacrament of Baptism is not left unscathed:

But consigning limbo to nonexistence brings up other issues — such as the catechism, which implies that baptism is needed for salvation. A related worry is that people will go in the other direction and view baptism as unnecessary. Then there's the concern of the poets. If hell is stripped of color, and limbo demolished, can purgatory be far behind? Dante perhaps was lucky to live in his time; these days he might have been relegated to scriptwriting for "The O.C." — another sort of place altogether.

The writer of this insensitive hit piece ought to be relegated to doing stories on Ground Hog Day and April Fools', and confining his limited intelligence to those things of the temporal world that he can marginally comprehend.

My wife and I lost a son years ago -- a baby boy born prematurely and whose lungs were insufficiently developed. He never left the hospital. As Catholics, we had a priest come to the hospital to baptize our son. Tenets of faith are not to be trifled with, nor are abiding acts of love.


FOLLOW-UP: Worth reading, particularly if you're a Catholic.