Great. Are they consistent with scripture or not?
Wrong question because it is too general. That they are not inconsistent means that they are consistent under the right circumstances or with the right and possible interpretation.
Unnecessary . . . interesting. It is "unnecessary" now because some old dinasours in Rome say it is. 100 years ago was it? Has God's word changed in those 100 years?
No--you're not reading. The teaching was never, ever considered by the Catholic Church as necessary. Not 100 years ago, not now, not ever. They have always said so. So this has no bearing on your last question about God's Word changing.
The point is that religion can be as much about man's quest for power and control as about God and salvation. IMO this is an example of a foolish practice dying (thankfully) at the hands of the people.
"Can be," yes, and the Bible shows that repeatedly. It should not be, but sinful people will do that. That's why we have to be on constant watch against it--especially in ourselves.
Your last statement is a speculation without causation.
Integrity? No - there are FAR meatier examples of the Catholics being out of touch than this: no women priests, abstinent priests, no contraception - including a ban on condoms when millions die of aids), no masturbation, being able to buy yourself out of purgatory, etc., etc.
These are not examples of being wihtout integrity. These are merely examples of issues with which you disagree with teh Catholic Church. Very well. The logical choice has always been open to you and to everyone else: don't join. These are consistent teachings held with as much principle as any that you hold.
As with this limbo foolishness, all of these other anachronisms will fall soon enough.
"This limbo foolshness" is according to your interpretation, which flatly contradicts the plain statements made for many decades by the Catholic Church about this, their own teaching. It was never foolshiness. It was an honest attempt to think through their theology.
Perhaps you shouldn't be so quick to prophesy, especially where your clear and obvious emotions are involved.