It used to be believed by Catholics that a place existed where souls who were destined for heaven but were prevented from the beatific vision remained, awaiting Christ’s Ascension, or in the case of those guilty only of original sin, for some sort of divine indulgence (presumed). Like so many other traditions of the Catholic Church this belief has been abandoned by laity and cleric alike. But limbo IS real. I live in limbo right now.
It is a component of the criminal “justice” system that when a convict is finished with the imposed sentence he will remain in a period of limbo for a period of time, in my case, three years. The convict is no longer incarcerated, but is still subject to the full weight of the federal government. Not that every living person isn’t already, but in a more particular way. It is a quirk of the system that although I have retained my first amendment rights, and thus, I may write this post, and for the time being, practice my faith publicly, I have lost my 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th amendment rights. For the 99% of you unfamiliar with the Bill of Rights and other constitutional amendments, here’s a link.
In brief, because of my conviction for mail and securities fraud, I may not posses a firearm (or even be in close proximity to one, lest I be deemed to have potential control over it), I may not refuse any search, reasonable … Read the rest