I really don't get this goofy shit, sorry. Let me get this straight -- this document, which effectively repudiates something which "was never formally part of Church doctrine" in the first place, was "long-awaited"? By whom, exactly? Intellectual self-flagellators who spend their entire lives chasing their tails over bits of informal doctrine? Wouldn't medication be cheaper, quicker, and more effective?
Wow. Talk about your divine tautologies. It's all theological hypotheses, and the severe logical and definitional contradictions of the phrase "truth of faith" make me want to reach for a bottle of anything.
I'm glad they finally got this pressing non-issue off their plates. So these souls who had been, for 2000 years, falsely consigned to this now-imaginary place -- do they now retroactively inhabit another imaginary place, or are they grandfathered in, or what? I believe there may be property issues and rights of transference to be addressed by the Vatican's legal department.
Imagine the protests from beyond: "I was mistakenly stuck in limbo for two millennia when I was s'posed to be in purgatory!". I mean, does it count as time served or what? And if limbo does not exist, then it never existed, right? And if it never existed, where were all those souls all this time? You see the epistemological dilemma they're faced with here.
I think there's another long-awaited document in the offing.