EWTN Catholic Q&A
soul of aborted child
Question from Dawn McAbee on 06-22-2013:

Are aborted children "born" into sin?

Answer by Judie Brown on 06-25-2013:

Dawn

Father William Saunders has written a wonderful article on the fate of the aborted baby. It is on line at http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0142.html

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Because of our firm belief in Godís infinite mercy and His universal salvific will that all should be saved, we have a genuine hope that there is indeed a way of salvation for children who have died without the benefit of Baptism through no fault of their own. After all, could we not rightly speculate that the desire of the parents, of the whole Church, of the child (who is made in Godís image and likeness, and at least in the most simple way has a natural longing for God), and of God Himself is truly a desire for salvation? Just as those adults, who through no fault of their own know neither the Gospel of Christ or His Church but seek God with a sincere heart and live by the dictates of their conscience with the help of His grace, may attain eternal salvation (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, #16), we certainly trust that a helpless, innocent child who has died in the womb, been aborted, been miscarried, or died without the benefit of Baptism will not be abandoned by the Lord or denied His saving grace.

Judie Brown

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