[quote=Dan-Man916]I think we can safely assume that God’s will is not thwarted by statistical chance.
If it is true that God desires that all be saved, then that means that he must therefore, give the grace necessary to every single person to be able to be saved, for without grace we cannot be saved.
Therefore, one way to think of this, is that if one didn’t make it to later in life, then they did not freely respond to God’s free gift of salvation in grace because they did not cooperate with the grace which they have surely been given.
Thus, they are lost not out of God’s will being thwarted, but by their lack of cooperation with God’s gift of grace, which we know he gives to everyone.
This is one way in which it was presented to me. I can accept this explanation once someone has reached the age of reason, however, I have problems with it for infants.
the way that was explained to me was that God foresaw their demerits (sin), and did not give them the grace of final perseverence based on their sin, not on God’s will to predestine them to salvation.
That one is a little harder for me to understand because it brings us into predestination and God’s grace to predestine one and allow another to be reprobate.
The explanation that an unbaptized infant was lost due to their forseen de-merit.
If i understand correctly, this is the position of the followers of Fr. Feeney. I know that name makes people go all crazy, but i think that presented in that light, it is not contrary to the Church’s teaching on predestination and salvation.
St. Ignatius advises not to speculate on predestination, that good for me. What I want to follow is the Church’s teaching that has been proclaimed. To deny Limbo would do damage to already established teachings as in :
Council of Lyons II: “…The souls of those who die in mortal sin or with original sin only, however, immediately descend to hell, to be punished with different punishments…-- (Denzinger 464)
Council of Florence: “…Moreover, the souls of those who depart in actual mortal sin or in original sin only, descend immediately into hell but to undergo punishments of different kinds.— (Denzinger 693)