Sat 21 Feb, 2009 04:30 pm
Scrape up all your catholic grade school memories and share your thoughts about pagan babies.
I remember them very well.
More memories later..
I used to wonder whether or not they wrested the little pagan tykes away from their unsuspecting mothers in order to raise them as Catholics.
I always thought of them as some kind of licorice candy.
what about all the poor little limbo babies
Yeah, limbo doesn't exist anymore. And how about Purgatory? And wouldn't you hate to be in hell on a Friday meat rap?
No, they just Baptised them, and forgot them. I think that left them in the position of not even being eligible for purgatory, though I'm not at all sure of the doctrine issues. I recall Nekenia of Abuzz being outraged at the system.
I thought that was where the pagan babies went?
That's why I was stunned when the Pope closed limbo.....WHERE DID ALL THE BABIES GO?????
You could be right. I was never trained in the creed.
I kind of picked stuff up from books, and later friends.
Lots of ex-catholics in the left.
One of my friend's sisters is a nun...and he and all his sibs were brung up catholic.
a producer on a radio show i love, has a bit of a dilemma, he's catholic, a holiday catholic admittedly, he married a jewish girl in a civil ceremony, but wants the children baptized, he even admitted to scooping water out of a font in a church, in some bizarre do it yourself baptism
when he admitted that to his boss on air one day, the host screamed, "good god man you can't sprinkle holy water on a jewish baby's head in the house of the lord, you're lucky the kid didn't catch on fire"
Once the pagan babies were baptized, they were eligible for heaven. Limbo was for all the unbaptized ones.
I know about the poor babies (& the other folk) stuck in Limbo. I prayed for them constantly! But, I'm not sure I can recall these "pagan" babies. Could someone enlighten me, please?
There was an organization called The Propagation of the Faith, or Holy Childhood. The nuns used to collect money from the kids to pay to this organization. Its purpose was to extend the faith in pagan lands. Thus, pagan babies were the little heathens who were saved and baptized with this money. What an ugly little system, huh?
You mean like the missions
, to the "far east" & other dubious, uncivilized places? Of course
I recall the missions! We were constantly called upon to donate generously, to save those godless heathens & lead them to the one true path! As God intended. I don't think we ever went as far (in Oz) as to call them pagans, though ....
Propagation of the Faith, dingaling, I remember that too.
I remember the pagan babies thing as a fourth grade money collection episode, and maybe fifth.
But I'm confused in memory if Bishop Sheen was connected to P of F. Whether or not he was, I used to watch him on television with avidity.
Yeah, but we used to have missionaries to dinner at our house....
(don't get me going)