The Roman Catholic Church has effectively buried the concept of limbo, the place where centuries of tradition and teaching held that babies who die without baptism went.
In a long-awaited document, the Church's International Theological Commission said limbo reflected an "unduly restrictive view of salvation," according to the Catholic News Service.
Pope Benedict XVI authorized the publication of the document.
According to the CNS report, the 41-page document says the theologians advising the pope concluded that since God is merciful, he "wants all human beings to be saved."
~from the LA Times: Vatican condemns limbo to eternal dustbin
Catholic doctrine states that because all humans are tainted by original sin, thanks to Adam and Eve, baptism is essential for salvation. But the idea of limbo has fallen out of favor for many Catholics, who see it as harsh and not befitting a merciful God.