Mage said:Now please stop avoid answering the question. You claimed that your religion has strong answers to all questions. Prove it or admit your religion is not as perfect as you claimed.
Except what you're asking was addressed by St Thomas Aquinus in the 13th Century in his Summa Theologica. It also in the Catechism of the Catholic Church - I was able to put a friend's mind at ease recently about her miscarriage - and I have a vague suspicion it was also in Dr. Ludwig Ott's mid-20th Century theological mainstay 'Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma'.
If babies go to hell or permanent limbo God is not loving to them.
If babies go to heaven or temporary limbo God is not just to the living.
... isn't remotely what the Catholic Church teaches, which teaches there's both a Merciful and Just fate for the souls in question.
As Michael suggested, it took me 30 seconds with a search engine to find this Vatican Document. The Catholic Church's current teachings on the matter are based on the Greek Fathers of the Orthodox Church:
Since I've commented on this kind of behaviour from you in the past - arguing in bad faith by attempting to arrogantly-dismiss theology whilst being completely-ignorant of it, all in the effort to share a self-constructed morality you pridefully-believe is superior - I'd share Michael's summation :
But given your last response to me, amounting to "whatever, who cares, I already know what I believe," I am not particularly interested in writing you an essay on the topic.
I've commented before the Holy Spirit operates in me by allowing me to notice repeated thematic patterns in daily experience that highlights a topic and forces me to look closer. It's usually Three Times. So, two days ago, I stumbled across the video I linked earlier in the thread on people believing they're 'The Exception to The Rule'.
Last night, reading St Therese of Lisieux, writing a letter to her Mother Superior, this leapt out:
"Mother, you know yourself that those souls are rare who don't measure the Divine Power according to their own narrow minds: people want exceptions everywhere on earth."
I'll keep my eye out for the third one. I suspect the lesson that is being reinforced is how coming to the Father requires a necessary act of humble submission through being obedient and following the rules a religious superior has placed upon you, rather than creating a religion for yourself.
I was deep in Contemplation a few weeks back and was graced with a beautiful realization about Mary in relation to St John of the Cross' 'Mount of Perfection' and, as he suggests, getting lead astray whilst chasing the spiritual goods of heaven. It's probably beyond the level of discussion here, unless anyone is really curious, but, short version, Humility and Obedience were, once again, stressed.