Father Answers Your Questions


Question If only baptized Christians may go to heaven and the church believes in the sanctity of life from the point of conception, what happens to still-births or aborted babies? 

Answer:  As regards children who have died without Baptism, the Church can only entrust them to the mercy of God, as she does in her funeral rites for them.  Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus' tenderness toward children which caused him to say" "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them," (Ref # 64 taken from Matthew 10:14, Allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism.  All the more urgent is the Church's call not to prevent little children coming to Christ through the gift of holy Baptism (CCC 1261).

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