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  • Confused how some Catholics can be labeled "Pelagians"?

    08/04/2013 11:14:42 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 67 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 11th Sunday after Pentecost | Unknown priest in "full communion"
    Confused how some Catholics can be labeled "Pelagians"? Recently, there's been a lot of fingerpointing at traditional Catholics. Some of it is the same old, same old (insert stale Pharisees joke here). Some of it, however, is very new and very confusing. Some Catholics have recently been identified -- more than once -- as "Pelagians." This will undoubtedly bolster the morale of other Catholics while, yet again, making life next to impossible for the traditional-minded parish priest who is, now more than ever, being accused by his flock of putting himself "above the Church" by his devotion to reverence in...
  • Iraqi interpreters for U.S. military in dangerous limbo

    12/26/2011 9:47:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 12/26/11 | David Zucchino
    Thousands were promised spots first in line for special visas to the U.S., but the process has slowed to a crawl. Now the Iraqis, targeted for death because of their service to America, can only wait. Reporting from Baghdad— He rarely leaves his house. He's been shot at by gunmen in a passing car. He gets death threats over the phone. "Traitor," the callers say. "American agent." Tariq, 27, is a quick-witted, tech-savvy Iraqi who tosses off idiomatic American English phrases such as "I'm outta here" and "That's cool." When he served as an interpreter for the U.S. military, Tariq...
  • Generation Limbo : The Lost Generation was clobbered by war, the Millennials by recession

    09/26/2011 7:00:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/26/2011 | Elise Jordan
    There has been a crowded field of suffering created by the Great Recession, in which $14.5 trillion of American wealth vanished. Baby Boomers have lost retirement funds, while Generation X–ers have lost out on some peak earning years. The biggest losers, though, have been the Millennials. According to the 2010 census data released last week, many of them have literally lost their future. The media have taken to describing the 18- to 29-year-olds who will ultimately bear the brunt of the economic downturn as the “Lost Generation.” It’s the haunting turn of phrase that Ernest Hemingway credited to Gertrude Stein,...
  • For New York, Teachers Still in Idle Limbo (Triple Bag Barf Alert)

    12/08/2010 3:41:08 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7 Dec 10 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    For her first assignment of the school year, Verona Gill, a $100,000-a-year special education teacher whom the city is trying to fire, sat around education offices in Lower Manhattan for two weeks, waiting to be told what to do.Verona Gill was suspended from teaching. For her second assignment, she was sent to a district office in the Bronx and told to hand out language exams to anyone who came to pick them up. Few did. Now, Ms. Gill reports to a cubicle in Downtown Brooklyn with a broken computer and waits for it to be fixed. Periodically, her supervisor comes...
  • Limbo reflects 'unduly restrictive view of salvation,' Vatican theological commission says

    04/20/2007 9:00:51 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 36 replies · 796+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/20/2007 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) – After several years of study, the Vatican's International Theological Commission said there are good reasons to hope that babies who die without being baptized go to heaven. In a document published April 20, the commission said the traditional concept of limbo – as a place where unbaptized infants spend eternity but without communion with God – seemed to reflect an "unduly restrictive view of salvation." The church continues to teach that, because of original sin, baptism is the ordinary way of salvation for all people and urges parents to baptize infants, the document said. But there...
  • Catholic parents aim for quick baptism of babies with or without limbo

    05/01/2007 9:38:39 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 307+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/1/2007 | UCANews
    TAGUM CITY, Philippines (UCAN) -- Ester Berayo never really believed the little she had heard about limbo, but all seven of her children were baptized within six months of their birth as a kind of "protection." Baptism is "like an armor you give to infants to ward off spirits," Berayo told UCA News on April 24. Infants are favorite targets of "mischievous elements of the other side," so baptizing them serves as a kind of "protection," she explained. The health worker in La Filipina, a village 945 kilometers (about 590 miles0 southeast of Manila, also volunteers as a catechist once...
  • The Limbo controversy: Time for reflection

    05/04/2007 6:26:51 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies · 146+ views
    The Tidings.com ^ | May 4, 2007 | Rev. Thomas P. Rausch, SJ
    The recent Vatican report prepared by the Vatican's International Theological Commission concludes that the so-called teaching on Limbo "reflects an unduly restrictive view of salvation." The report generated a few dramatic headlines, but will not have much practical effect Catholic life. Nevertheless, the report is worth some reflection. First of all, as the report argued, Limbo was never really a doctrine, that is to say, something officially defined by the Church's magisterium. While certainly it was a popular teaching and many older Catholics accepted it as Catholic belief, technically belief in Limbo was in the category of a theological opinion...
  • A U-turn or just theological speculation? [Has the Church thrown out Original Sin with Limbo?]

    05/19/2007 6:54:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 84 replies · 1,021+ views
    “Several sources in the secular press have suggested that the Catholic Church recently tossed out an article of faith known as ‘Limbo,’" wrote Natalie Kigerl in the May 18 Tidings, the newspaper of the Los Angeles archdiocese. Sources in the Catholic press, however, have suggested such a doctrinal change --- including Notre Dame University theologian, Fr. Richard McBrien, in an article published in the same issue of the Tidings. Kigerl is a registered nurse in the OB/GYN department at Kaiser Permanente, a professed member of Alhambra’s Order of Secular Discalced Carmelites, and a parishioner at St. Mary’s church in Palmdale....
  • Election-year politics has state budgets in limbo

    08/06/2010 11:37:03 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/10 | Karen Pierog and Jim Christie
    CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Election politics is hobbling the budget process in states like Illinois more than usual this year, as lawmakers try to square dire government balance sheets with voter resistance to spending cuts and tax increases. The outcome of this fine balancing act could shift control of more state legislatures to the Republicans after the November 2 vote, dealing a major setback to President Barack Obama and his once-resurgent Democratic Party. The stakes are no higher than in Obama's home state of Illinois, a political bellwether and the industrial and financial heart of the U.S. Midwest. The state,...
  • Do the Limbo Rock to "Bad News for Barack"! (How low can he go?)

    12/15/2009 6:46:41 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 410+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 15, 2009 | Charles Henrickson, the wag tailoring the doggerel
    Click the music link and sing along! BAD NEWS FOR BARACKTune: "Limbo Rock" Original MIDI Every lib'ral boy and girl All the folks in Limbaugh World Both sides bashing on Barack All find something they can mock Track his numbers, track his polls Track the unemployment rolls All the pollsters on the block Say it's bad news for Barack He'll go lower now He'll go lower now How low can he go First he spread the wealth around Then he bowed down to the ground Spend a trillion, make it three Spend it like it grows on trees Track his...
  • Where do aborted babies go? [Catholic Caucus]

    09/12/2008 10:40:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 992+ views
    CUF Blog ^ | September 12, 2008 | Eric Stoutz
    A CUF member asks…What happens to aborted babies at death? Are they considered martyrs? Are they admitted directly into heaven?We don’t know what happens to aborted babies. In hope we commend them to God’s infinite Love and Mercy.Theologians are working on the answer. Recently, the International Theological Commission  came out with a document, The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised (April 19, 2007), that provides an extensive overview of the matter, and a conclusion:“Our conclusion is that the many factors that we have considered above give serious theological and liturgical grounds for hope that unbaptised infants...
  • Limbo and the Gospel Out of Season (Catholic Caucus)

    06/22/2007 7:50:28 AM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 19 replies · 188+ views
    First Things (On the Square Blog) ^ | June 21, 2007 | Robert T. Miller
    Limbo and the Gospel Out of Season By Robert T. MillerThursday, June 21, 2007, 6:28 AM Back in October, I wrote in this space about how the Vatican’s International Theological Commission (ITC) was preparing a document on the fate of unbaptized infants that, by some accounts, would say that such infants are saved and enjoy the beatific vision. I noted then that the Catholic Church has never taught de fide on this topic, and I argued that the ITC’s taking the position rumored would be a serious mistake. The reason, I said, is that the Scriptures are simply silent...
  • Critiquing limbo: Vatican responds to changes in theological thought

    04/25/2007 1:35:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies · 783+ views
    CNS ^ | April 25, 2007 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In its recent document on unbaptized children, the Vatican's International Theological Commission demonstrated how church teaching can be responsive to changes in theological thought, Christian beliefs and the "signs of the times." The document, published April 20, critiqued the traditional understanding of limbo, arguing instead that there was good reason to hope unbaptized babies who die go to heaven. Some people saw that as a reversal of a centuries-old Catholic principle. But rather than announcing a radical break with the past, the commission said it was assessing an issue in theological evolution. The very first sentence...
  • The Pope Banishes Limbo

    04/21/2007 4:40:56 PM PDT · by varina davis · 32 replies · 1,376+ views
    ap wire ^ | April 21, 2007 | ap
    The Pope Banishes Limbo Saturday, Apr. 21, 2007 By AP/NICOLE WINFIELD Article Pope Benedict XVI has reversed centuries of traditional Roman Catholic teaching on limbo, approving a Vatican report released Friday that says there were "serious" grounds to hope that children who die without being baptized can go to heaven. Theologians said the move was highly significant — both for what it says about Benedict's willingness to buck a long-standing tenet of Catholic belief and for what it means theologically about the Church's views on heaven, hell and original sin — the sin that the faithful believe all children are...
  • Pope revises limbo for babies

    04/20/2007 2:52:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 107 replies · 1,572+ views
    AP ^ | April 20, 2007 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Benedict XVI has reversed centuries of traditional Roman Catholic teaching on limbo, approving a Vatican report released Friday that says there were "serious" grounds to hope that children who die without being baptized can go to heaven.Theologians said the move was highly significant — both for what it says about Benedict's willingness to buck a long-standing tenet of Catholic belief and for what it means theologically about the Church's views on heaven, hell and original sin — the sin that the faithful believe all children are born with.Although Catholics have long believed that children who die without being baptized...
  • CA: FBI investigation of Perata apparently in limbo (PeRataGate)

    02/05/2007 7:47:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 354+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 2/5/07 | Steven Harmon
    SACRAMENTO — Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata has spent nearly $1 million defending himself against a federal probe into whether he illegally funneled money to family and close associates. But more than two years after the harsh light of suspicion first fell on the 61-year-old Oakland Democrat, the FBI investigation appears to have fallen quietly into a black hole of obscurity. The flurry of subpoenas flying out of FBI offices in San Francisco has slowed to an apparent stop. There haven't been any publicly acknowledged FBI interviews of witnesses since last summer. Images of FBI investigators carting off computer...
  • No date set for N Korea nuke talks(no idea when it will resume)

    11/29/2006 8:10:24 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 319+ views
    News.com ^ | 11/29/06
    No date set for N Korea nuke talks From correspondents in Beijing November 29, 2006 09:15pm THE US, China, and North Korea agreed today to reconvene six-nation talks on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear arms programs "as soon as possible", China said, without giving a date. A statement released by China's Foreign Ministry said envoys from the three nations held "frank discussions" on the issue in Beijing today. "The three sides agreed to strive to convene the next round of six-party talks at an early date and to achieve positive progress," said the statement, which gave no other details. It was not...
  • How Long Will Limbo Be in Limbo?

    11/22/2006 11:19:18 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies · 359+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 11/22/06 | FATHER JAMES GILHOOLEY
    Limbo as a concept is exiting Catholic theology. But as a word, limbo will never leave our everyday language. We and our ancestors have been using the word in a variety of ways for almost 700 years. The present position of limbo in Catholic theology is of much interest not only to Catholics, but also to the national press.Limbo was the subject of a major article in The New York Times (Dec. 28, 2005) by Ian Fisher. It was discussed in a full-page essay in Time magazine (Jan. 9, 2006). And really we should not wonder why Time’s essayist, David...
  • Pope to announce limbo does not exist

    10/09/2006 8:53:29 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 130 replies · 2,896+ views
    Morning Call via Chicago Tribune ^ | October 6, 2006 | Daniel Patrick Sheehan
    <p>To Catholics of generations past, baptism wasn't something to be deferred until a convenient time, because the souls of infants who died without it were thought to be consigned to something other than heaven. Limbo.</p> <p>Not quite heaven, not nearly hell, it was regarded as a place of eternal happiness that fell just short of paradise, reserved for unbaptized children and righteous souls who lived before Christ.</p>
  • Vatican City: Pope Keeps Limbo in Limbo, for Now

    10/08/2006 3:14:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 419+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 7, 2006
    Pope Benedict XVI has decided to keep limbo in limbo a little longer. For nearly a year, the Church’s International Theological Commission has been working on a document expected to recommend that he formally abolish limbo, the place to which centuries of Catholic tradition held that babies who die without baptism and worthy pagans went. The Pope said a Mass with members of the commission, but, contrary to some news reports, he did not mention the concept in his homily and announced no decision. A commission member, Archbishop Bruno Forte, said the commission was still fine-tuning its document. “I think...
  • Pope leaves limbo in limbo

    10/06/2006 10:17:04 AM PDT · by FJ290 · 22 replies · 504+ views
    News.Com. au ^ | October 6, 2006 | Philip Pullella
    POPE Benedict has decided to keep limbo in limbo a little longer. For nearly a year the Church's International Theological Commission has been working on a document expected to recommend he formally abolish limbo, the place where centuries of Catholic tradition held that babies who die without baptism went. The Pope said a mass with members of the commission today, but, contrary to some media speculation, he did not mention the concept in his homily and announced no decision. The media reports had said the Pope would formally cancel limbo today but a key participant, Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, said...
  • Pope tries to win hearts and minds by saving souls of unbaptised babies

    10/04/2006 1:55:48 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 121 replies · 1,979+ views
    Times Online ^ | October 4, 2006 | Ruth Gledhill and Richard Owen
    THE Pope will cast aside centuries of Catholic belief later this week by abolishing formally the concept of limbo, in a gesture calculated to help to win the souls of millions of babies in the developing world for Christ. All the evidence suggests that Benedict XVI never believed in the idea anyway. But in the fertile evangelisation zones of Africa and Asia, the Pope — an acknowledged authority on all things Islamic — is only too aware that Muslims believe the souls of stillborn babies go straight to Heaven. For the Church, looking to spread the faith in countries...
  • Limbo under threat from Vatican theologians

    10/04/2006 6:41:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 260 replies · 2,567+ views
    Catholic News ^ | October, 2006
    Rome reports indicate that the Holy See's International Theological Commission is examining the notion of limbo at a meeting this week and may be on the verge of scrapping it. Ad Kronos International (AKI) reports that the Vatican reportedly appears set to abolish the Catholic tradition that holds that the souls of children who die before being baptised going to limbo. Citing a report in Turin, Italy newspaper, La Stampa, AKI says that the issue is being discussed this weeke by the International Theological Commission, a body of Catholic theologians from around the world that advises the Congregation for the...
  • Documents from Jefferson office raid are in limbo (The 45 day cooling-off period ended Sept. 26th)

    09/27/2006 10:38:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 515+ views
    ap on KRON ^ | 9/27/06 | AP
    WASHINGTON The cooling-off period ends today on documents temporarily sealed by President Bush in the bribery case of Congressman William Jefferson. The Louisiana Democrat has been the focus of prosecutors and investigators who suspect him of taking 400-thousand dollars in bribes from a business executive. Bush placed materials seized from Jefferson's Capitol Hill office off limits for 45 days, but that time is up. A court will decide if the F-B-I's searches in May were an unconstitutional intrusion. Until a judge rules, prosecutors won't examine the materials agents seized.
  • Immigrant children left in legal limbo

    09/08/2006 5:41:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 565+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/8/06 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    In search of his mother, 8-year-old Jonathan Martinez journeyed with his teenage cousin from El Salvador to the Arizona-Mexico border in late 2004. U.S. Border Patrol agents caught Jonathan trying to cross the desert and detained him for several days before turning him over to his mother, whom he hadn't seen for four years. Since then, he's learned English, joined a soccer team and generally embraced life as an American fifth grader. Except Jonathan isn't here legally - and on Monday a judge may order him deported back to El Salvador. Though his mother has been living and working legally...
  • Papers from William Jefferson (D-La.) office raid in limbo

    07/09/2006 6:58:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 691+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/09/06 | MARK SHERMAN
    Papers from Jefferson office raid in limboBy MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer 15 minutes ago WASHINGTON - Prosecutors and investigators building a bribery case against Rep. William Jefferson have been unable to examine the documents and computer files seized in a search of the lawmaker's Capitol Hill office. The materials were placed off limits by President Bush for 45 days, a cooling-off period that ended Sunday. Yet there has been no resolution of the court fight or talks between congressional leaders and the Justice Department. The president acted after congressional leaders denounced the FBI's search on May 20 and May...
  • Many still in citizenship limbo after last immigration overhaul (1986)

    05/20/2006 4:21:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 568+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/20/06 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    Luis Orozco was among the first in line nearly 20 years ago when federal lawmakers offered U.S. citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants. Today he has a wife, two daughters and a car - but he still isn't an American citizen. What promised to be a dream opportunity for legal status has proven a nightmare for hundreds of thousands of immigrants whose citizenship applications are just now being processed after years in court. Thousands more remain in legal limbo. They provide cautionary tales as Congress considers whether to grant a new round of citizenship eligibility for many of the nation's...
  • Calif. Stem Cell Agency Still in Limbo - CIRM

    04/22/2006 1:07:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 275+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/22/06 | Paul Elias - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO - California's $3 billion stem cell research institute won an important victory with a court ruling rejecting challenges to its constitutionality, but the agency's finances remain in limbo while the expected appeals block much of its funding. A state judge ruled Friday that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is a legitimate state agency and that two lawsuits challenging it have no merit. The ruling came a month after a four-day trial in which lawyers with connections to anti-abortion groups claimed the country's most ambitious stem cell research agency violated California law because it wasn't a true state...
  • Father Cantalamessa on Limbo and the Unbaptized

    01/24/2006 4:54:21 PM PST · by NYer · 132 replies · 1,175+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 24, 2006 | Father Cantalamessa
    ROME, JAN. 24, 2006 (Zenit.org).- A commentary by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, published Jan. 6 in ZENIT, prompted questions about the status of unbaptized children who die. The topic has been under the consideration by the International Theological Commission, at the urging of Pope John Paul II (see ZENIT, Oct. 7, 2004). Father Cantalamessa, the preacher to the Pontifical Household, offered these further reflections on the topic. * * * Some readers have said that they are perplexed by my affirmation that unbaptized children will not go to limbo but to heaven, which I expressed in my recent commentary on...
  • Limbo Consigned to History Books

    12/06/2005 4:34:25 PM PST · by peyton randolph · 25 replies · 733+ views
    Times Online ^ | 11/30/2005 | Richard Owen
    THE Pope is set to abolish the concept of Limbo, overturning a belief held by Roman Catholics since the Middle Ages. Limbo has long been held to be the place where the souls of children go if they die before they can be baptised. However, a 30-strong international commission of theologians summoned by the late John Paul II last year to come up with a “more coherent and illuminating” doctrine in tune with the modern age is to present its findings to Pope Benedict XVI on Friday....
  • Theologians to ask Pope to suspend limbo?

    12/02/2005 7:13:17 AM PST · by billorites · 96 replies · 1,189+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2005
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Limbo -- the place where the Catholic Church teaches that babies go if they die before being baptized -- may have its days numbered. According to Italian media reports on Tuesday, an international theological commission will advise Pope Benedict to eliminate the teaching about limbo from the Catholic catechism. The Catholic Church teaches that babies who die before they can be baptized go to limbo, whose name comes from the Latin for "border" or "edge," because they deserve neither heaven nor hell. Last October, seven months before he died, Pope John Paul asked the commission to...
  • Pope: No Limbo for Babies, Only Heaven (dreadful misreporting of Catholic Traditional Beliefs)

    12/01/2005 8:23:17 PM PST · by dangus · 172 replies · 5,208+ views
    Post Chronicle ^ | 12/1/05 | Grant Swank
    Pope: No Limbo For Babies, Only Heaven Protestants have never believed in limbo. Limbo is where babies who have not been baptized go when they die as infants. That was taught for many years in the Roman Catholic Church. Protestants never bought into limbo because there is no mention of limbo in the Bible. In fact, the Bible says that Jesus stated that babies go to heaven. As He was ministering to little children, Jesus said of the children: ". .of such is the kingdom of heaven." Therefore, Protestants, with that biblical information from the lips of God incarnate, have...
  • Vatican Considers Dropping "Limbo"

    11/29/2005 3:42:52 PM PST · by Claud · 681 replies · 7,064+ views
    ANSA.it ^ | 11-29-2005 | unknown
    Vatican considers dropping 'limbo' Theologians meet to look again at fate of unbaptised tots (ANSA) - Vatican City, November 29 - The Catholic Church appears set to definitively drop the concept of limbo, the place where it has traditionally said children's souls go if they die before being baptised . Limbo has been part of Catholic teaching since the 13th century and is depicted in paintings by artists such as Giotto and in important works of literature such as Dante's Divine Comedy . But an international commission of Catholic theologians is meeting in the Vatican this week to draw up...
  • Limbo

    06/21/2005 4:13:19 PM PDT · by annalex · 19 replies · 1,390+ views
    Limbo (Late Lat. limbus) a word of Teutonic derivation, meaning literally "hem" or "border," as of a garment, or anything joined on (cf. Italian lembo or English limb). In theological usage the name is applied to (a) the temporary place or state of the souls of the just who, although purified from sin, were excluded from the beatific vision until Christ's triumphant ascension into Heaven (the "limbus patrum"); or (b) to the permanent place or state of those unbaptized children and others who, dying without grievous personal sin, are excluded from the beatific vision on account of original sin alone...
  • Limbo and the Hope of Salvation

    05/14/2005 10:32:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies · 853+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | 05-12-05 | Jeff Mirus
    Limbo and the Hope of Salvation by Dr. Jeff Mirus, special to CatholicCulture.orgMay 12, 2005 In a recent website review, we were compelled to list the site’s views on limbo as a weakness. Some Catholics are under the impression that the Church has formally taught that unbaptized infants cannot be saved but must inevitably be consigned to a marginal abode known as limbo, where no supernatural happiness is possible. But this is not what the Church teaches. The Questions Raised by BaptismThe Church does teach that the enjoyment of the presence of God in heaven is not ours by right....
  • On the way to freedom, Niger's slaves stuck in limbo (government denies slavery even exists)

    03/13/2005 2:00:03 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies · 668+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/10/05 | Mike Pflanz, Georgina Cranston
    On the way to freedom, Niger's slaves stuck in limbo 7,000 slaves in Niger were set to be freed last Saturday - until the government denied slavery even existed there. By Mike Pflanz and Georgina Cranston, Contributors to The Christian Science Monitor Thu Mar 10, 9:33 AM ET NAIROBI, KENYA, AND TILLABERI, NIGER - More than 7,000 slaves owned by Arissal Ag Amdague, a Tuareg tribal chief, were due to be released at a desert ceremony last Saturday in the village of In Atčs, 175 miles northwest of Niger's capital, Niamey. A new law that came into effect last year...
  • Remember Limbo? the Pope Has Not Forgotten It

    10/08/2004 12:23:57 PM PDT · by Area Freeper · 110 replies · 1,101+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Oct 7
    Remember limbo, that place where the Catholic Church teaches that babies go if they die before being baptized because they do not deserve either heaven or hell? Pope John Paul (news - web sites) showed on Thursday that he still muses about one of the more forgotten elements of Catholic theology commonly associated with medieval thinking. He asked theologians to think about it harder and come up with "a more coherent and enlightened way" of describing the fate of such innocents. According to Catholic teaching, baptism removes the original sin which has stained all souls since the fall from grace...
  • Balkan limbo - Ethnic hatred still prevails in Kosovo

    03/25/2004 10:12:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 184+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/25/04 | Op/Ed
    <p>The Balkan province of Kosovo has recently suffered the worst flare-up of violence since it was freed from Serb oppression in 1999 by U.S.-led military intervention. The outburst left 28 people dead, scores of houses burned and thousands of people displaced from their homes. Its intensity reflected the bitter reality of Kosovo, where an overwhelmingly ethnic Albanian majority and a dwindling Serb minority show no sign of being willing to live together.</p>
  • California Gay Marriages in Legal Limbo (not worth much more than the paper they're printed on...)

    02/21/2004 3:50:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 630+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2/21/04 | DAVID KRAVETS
    California Gay Marriages in Legal Limbo 2 hours, 11 minutes ago By DAVID KRAVETS, Associated Press Writer SAN FRANCISCO - Many of the more than 3,000 same-sex couples who obtained marriage licenses from the city said getting married was among the most joyous events in their lives. But because of legal uncertainty and political controversy, the certificates don't appear to be worth much more than sentimental value at this point. Until the legal fog lifts, businesses being contacted by gays and lesbians seeking new benefits probably won't acknowledge their marriages. Corporate counsels, employment law consultants and human resource departments already...
  • Believers speculate on the hellish hereafter

    11/28/2003 2:40:41 PM PST · by Willie Green · 9 replies · 160+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, November 28, 2003 | Eric Heyl
    <p>For those concerned about their final destination after they die, beware: There apparently isn't a lot of space available in heaven. But if you don't mind the utter lack of oceanfront housing, hell appears to have plenty of room.</p> <p>This we can discern from the results of a new poll of several hundred Americans on matters pertaining to the hereafter. Barna Research Group of Ventura, Calif., found that when it comes to the prospect of eternal damnation, only a fraction of folks seem remotely prepared for the possibility.</p>
  • Red Hat Shows a More Limber Linux

    07/26/2002 5:42:36 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 7 replies · 281+ views
    eWeek ^ | July 22, 2002 | Jason Brooks
    <p>A new beta release of red hat linux, code-named Limbo, hit FTP servers earlier this month, giving users a first look at what is likely to become Version 8.0 of Red Hat Inc.'s most popular Linux distribution.</p> <p>In addition to the latest versions of GNOME, Mozilla and OpenOffice, Limbo includes a nice set of new system administration tools, which significantly ease tasks such as X server, network and peripheral configuration.</p>