- Type: Limbo
- Origin: Catholic Dogma
- Admission: Righteous non-Catholics and unbaptised babies
Limbo is a somewhat conflicted afterlife, even within Catholic theological circles. Despite its common conception as a singular domain, it in fact consists of two separate realms, the Limbus Patrum and the Limbus Infantium, each of which serves a different purpose.
The Limbus Patrum, or ‘Limbo of the Fathers,’ is where the souls of those who died free from sin but without accepting Christ go upon death.
The Limbus Infantium, or ‘Limbo of Infants,’ is where the souls of unbaptised infants go. They are sent here rather than to Hell or Heaven, on the grounds that although they have committed no sins, they still bear the stain of Original Sin.
In both cases, Limbo is considered to be a nice enough place, sharing many of the characteristics traditionally associated with Heaven – just not as nice as Heaven, on the ground that God isn’t there.
Which is to say, Limbo is basically Heaven-lite. It’s a nice place to visit, but you wouldn’t want to afterlive there.
Ownership of Limbo was thrown into controversy in 2007, when the Catholic Church issued a document that seemed to say that they no longer believed in the existence of Limbo. Later clarifications to the orginal stated that they did too believe in Limbo, just that they had decided it was slightly different from what they used to believe it was.
Unfortunately, in the meantime, several other religious groups, notably various Discordian Cabals, claimed Limbo as their own. The matter is still the subject of considerable dispute, but it is the hope of this writer that it will be resolved at the earliest possible time, so as to avoid further disruption of the Limbonian people’s traditional way of afterlife.