Implications …

What were the practical consequences of the doctrine of limbo?

Ann Druge grew up in a Catholic family with eight children and the haunting knowledge that a ninth was stillborn. Because the baby, named Mary Ellen, had not been baptized, she was denied a Catholic burial.

“When we would go to the cemetery . . . we’d always stop where they threw the dead flowers. That’s where the little one was buried,” said Druge, 80, of Storrs, Conn. “My mother and father were very upset every time. She was stillborn, so she couldn’t be buried in the consecrated ground. We were told she was in limbo.”