My wife had a miscarriage and we were wondering what happened to the soul of the baby. We’d like to think that he is in Heaven with God the Father. Then our discussion went to souls of aborted children. Since they inherited the original sin, and weren’t baptized, then where would they be? We also are aware of the baptism of desire. Could you clarify us on this regard.
Although we cannot know what happens to these souls, we can trust in God’s mercy and have reason to hope that they are in heaven. The *Catechism of the Catholic Church * (CCC) explains: “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, do not hinder them,” 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)