I've often said that one of the problems (one of many) with religion is the inability to update itself. It stagnates, because it has no basis in truth, thus cannot ever test anything it says for veracity, meaning it just sits there, saying the same thing over and over again until it is meaningless. Well, raise a little drink to Pope Benedict XVI.
Enter a recent Vatican report, approved by the Pope. Now, according to traditional doctrine, baptism washes away the stain of Original Sin that all Man is born with, meaning that babies who die without baptism die with that sin, sending them to Limbo. The report from the International Theological Commission, a Vatican advisory panel, said it was reassessing traditional teaching on limbo in light of "pressing" pastoral needs — primarily the growing number of abortions and infants born to non-believers who die without being baptized. So, while this does not have the authority of a papal encyclical or even the weight of a formal document from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, it was approved and published, meaning that it was intended for the faithful to read. So, now, baptism initiates one into the Church, and there are now "serious" grounds to hope that children who die without being baptized can go to heaven.
Now, see, I don't see this as necessarily a great thing. Sure, sounds like the Church is trying to update and progress a little, but really, let's look here. It's not as if God himself came down and said "Yo, guys, you got it all wrong, that's not what happens." It's also not as if they dug up some original scrolls and said "Shit, all these years, we were wrong." No, they just up and decided that, since more abortions are happening, they didn't want to think that all those kids aren't playing patty-cake with the angels, and decided they need to believe something else. Frankly, if I was a Catholic, I'd be a little peeved that my faith and teachings that I had chosen to center my life around could be so easily swapped out for something else just because a bunch of whiny heretics didn't want to have their kids but didn't want to think they were stuck in a grey featureless expanse forever.
As a non-Catholic, though, I think this is simply keen. I feel it shows the basic absurdity of religion, the fact that it's tenets and teachings are insubstantial and that the force behind them is, as it always was and always will be, one hundred percent human.