Limbo and Catholic Prophecies

Anne Catherine Emmerich


Growing up as a Roman Catholic, I was taught about Limbo.  I was also told that certain Catholics had even been given visions of it.

Perhaps the most famous was Anne Catherine Emmerich.

On October 3, 2004 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II.

In the 1800s, that nun claimed to see Limbo:

Nun Emmerich: And now the abyss opened before Him and, as is one a pathway of light, He saw a long flight of steps leading down the path to Limbo…

Just in front of Limbo, there was a bright, cheerful tract of country clothed in verdure…

The Limbo in which were the souls awaiting Redemption was encompassed by a gray, foggy atmosphere, and divided into different circles…The procession of the Lord, accompanied by the first human beings, now turned to the left, to the Limbo of the Leaders of God’s people before the time of Abraham. This was a species of Purgatory…And now the soul of the Lord turned to the circle on the right to Limbo proper…

I saw too the redeemed souls in countless numbers leaving the places of their purification, leaving Limbo, and accompanying the soul of the Lord to a place of bliss below the heavenly Jerusalem…

I heard a voice proceed from Him, which he related to His Mother what He had done in Limbo…(Emmerich AC. The Life of Lord Jesus Christ and Biblical Revelations. Schmöger edition, Vol. IV. Nihil Obstat: D. Jaegher, 14 Februari 1914. Imprimatur: A.C. De Schrevel, Brugis, 14 Februari 1914. Reprint TAN Books, Rockford (IL), 2004, pp. 104, 349 ,350-351,354,362).

Also notice the following from a book on Nun Emmerich:

(Being in a state of ecstasy today, Sister Emmerich related what follows:)

The first descent of Jesus into Limbo was the fulfillment of early types, and in itself a type whose fulfillment is effected by today’s releasing of the poor souls (Schmöger, p. 355).

So, someone was beatified (made a Catholic saint) who had visions of Limbo.

But is there such a place?

No, not according to the Bible nor even the current Pope. Notice a news story from a couple of  years ago:

Vatican commission: Limbo reflects ‘restrictive view of salvation’

CNS – April 20, 2007…

41-page document, titled “The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptized,” was published in Origins, the documentary service of Catholic News Service.  Pope Benedict XVI authorized its publication earlier this year…

“It must be clearly acknowledged that the church does not have sure knowledge about the salvation of unbaptized infants who die,” it said.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, was president of the commission and head of the doctrinal congregation when the commission began studying the question of limbo in a systematic way in 2004.

So, someone was made a Catholic saint and prophet who claimed to see a place that the Vatican later indicated probably did not exist.

Cannot people see the contradiction here?

Of course, another issue is what does happen to babies who die?  Or for that matter, what happens to people who did not ever really  have a true opportunity for salvation?

God has a plan.

A very good plan.  A plan that actually works.

Those who wish to learn more about these matters (as well as some who oppose them) should prayerfully study the following articles:

Some articles of possibly related interest may include:
What is Limbo? Is There Such a Place as Limbo? What Happens to Babies When They Die? When did Limbo start being taught? What is the truth about dead babies?
Universal Offer of Salvation: There Are Hundreds of Verses in the Bible Supporting the Doctrine of True Apocatastasis Do you believe what the Bible actually teaches on this? Will all good things be restored? Does God’s plan of salvation take rebellion and spiritual blindness into account?
Did the Early Church Teach Purgatory? Is there a place called purgatory? Does God have a plan to help those who did not become saints in this life?
Hope of Salvation: How the Living Church of God differ from most Protestants How the Living Church of God differs from mainstream/traditional Protestants, is perhaps the question I am asked most by those without a Church of God background.
What Can We Learn from Private “Catholic” Prophecies? There have been those claiming Catholicism over the centuries that have accurately predicted many events, as well as have made many errors.  What might Catholic prophecies reveal about the future?  Will an antipope help take over the world?
Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Apparitions Do you know much about Mary? Are the apparitions real? What might they mean? Are Protestants moving towards Mary? How might Mary view them?
Do Certain Catholic Prophecies About Antichrist Warn Against Jesus? Will the final “Anti-Christ” be Jewish, insist on Saturday, be opposed to the trinity, and bring in the millennium? Catholic writings indicate this, but what does the Bible show?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Living Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions. Português: Qual é fiel: A igreja católica romana ou a igreja viva do deus? Tambien Español: Cuál es fiel: ¿La iglesia católica romana o La Iglesia del Dios Viviente? Auch: Deutsch: Welches zuverlässig ist: Die Römisch-katholische Kirche oder die lebende Kirche von Gott?

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