daniden be assured your baby is safe with Jesus.May Our Lord heal you in your emotional pain and concern for your lost child.God bless you both
Here is the views of two experts of Catholicism about the salvation of infants who die without baptism…
“The Church teaches that there also is Baptism of desire. Baptism of desire is an ardent wish to receive Baptism, and to do all that God has ordained for our salvation. We believe that if parents wish to have a baby Baptized, and the baby died before Baptism, their wish or desire is as good as a Sacramental Baptism for the Baby.”
(About Rev. Dennis W. Meinen)
I prefer answering questions that a typical parishioner in a typical parish asks.
I was ordained to the priesthood in 1987. One year later I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I am chaplain at a Catholic retirement/nursing home. I have a scooter (With the help of the Veterans) so I?m never at a desk! I am also involved in the Diocesan Office of Ministry to Persons With Disabilities and serve at our Catholic Hospital doing night call usually once a week. I write a column on disability for our Catholic newspaper and I try to tell how people can overcome obstacles to their disability. I freely admit to everyone that the ways of God are sometimes mysterious, but exciting.
About Sister Laurel M. O`Neal
I am a systematic theologian, religious Sister, hermit, and spiritual director. I am willing to answer all questions in the major areas of theology including Christology, ecclesiology, moral theology, and historical theology. My background (BA, MA, ThD) is strong in Scripture studies and I bring that as well as a commitment to providing genuinely pastoral perspectives to every answer. (Doctrinal content is never to be divorced from pastoral concerns).
"salvation always applies to the whole person, and not merely to a “soul” — as though human beings can exist as disembodied spirit. Each of us is embodied spirit, and this is a s true of babies as it is of the rest of us. While we are initiated into Christ through baptism as the ordinary means, the Church trusts that God can also bring to salvation, those who are not baptized. We simply reflect that while there are ordinary ways to come to share in the life of Christ, there are extraordinary ways as well, and God is not confined to those ways we know as ordinary.
Thus, babies who are aborted, miscarried, etc, can come to share in life with God (which is what heaven is really all about) without actual baptism. We can't say much more about it than this however. We can say that they do not develop the degree of capacity for or openness to God that one tends to develop throughout a life of giving oneself to God, but evenso, we can say their joy is complete.
Limbo, by the way, was never more than a theological construct developed when it was not recognized that baptism was the ordinary means to coming to share in life with Christ. The need for baptism was elevated beyond what was reasonable (given that the majority of human beings are NOT baptized), and a mechanistic approach to washing away the stain of original sin made it impossible to conceive of unbaptized babies going to heaven. Limbo was never actually church teaching, and today the problem is solved in a different way, namely, by recognizing 1) what a gift baptism is, and 2) recognizing that God's will to salvation is universal and that his love is capable of empowering and reconciling those who never had a chance to be baptized.
The tension between these two poles needs to be maintained. To do otherwise is to denigrate baptism on the one hand, or, to make God subject to human failure (we do miscarry, abort, fail to baptize, bring to salutary repentance, or effectively proclaim the love of God to others). So, on the one hand, baptism is an extraordinary gift and the ordinary way human beings come to share in God's life in Christ. On the other hand, when human beings fail, God can work to bring others to himself through extraordinary means which do not involve baptism."