Where do aborted babies go?

A CUF member asks…

What happens to aborted babies at death? Are they considered martyrs? Are they admitted directly into heaven?

We don’t know what happens to aborted babies. In hope we commend them to God’s infinite Love and Mercy.

Theologians are working on the answer. Recently, the International Theological Commission  came out with a document, The Hope of Salvation for Infants Who Die Without Being Baptised (April 19, 2007), that provides an extensive overview of the matter, and a conclusion:

“Our conclusion is that the many factors that we have considered above give serious theological and liturgical grounds for hope that unbaptised infants who die will be saved and enjoy the Beatific Vision. We emphasise that these are reasons for prayerful hope, rather than grounds for sure knowledge. There is much that simply has not been revealed to us (cf. Jn 16:12). We live by faith and hope in the God of mercy and love who has been revealed to us in Christ, and the Spirit moves us to pray in constant thankfulness and joy (cf. 1 Thess 5:18).”

Aborted babies are surely victims, but are not conferred a martyr’s status by the Church. Here’s a recent explanantion from the CDF:

(From “Observations of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the writings of Mrs Patricia De Menezes and the Community of the Divine Innocence,” included in the “Statement by the Most Reverend Kevin McDonald, Archbishop of Southwark, on the Community of Divine Innocence.”

The Questionable Demand Made Concerning the Status of Aborted Children

[The demand] that the Church proclaim the martyrdom of all the innocent children deliberately killed before birth and acknowledge these unborn children as companion martyrs of the first Holy Innocents, is doctrinally problematic. A martyr is someone who bears witness to Christ. If the victims of abortion were to qualify for martyrdom it would then seem that all victims of any moral evil should be likewise deemed martyrs. De Menezes’ notion of a ‘Baptism of Love’ is not, as claimed, a development of doctrine. Rather it is an innovation which is difficult to harmonize with the teaching of the Church.

7 responses

  1. Aborted babies die with original sin on their soul. They can not enjoy the beatific vision. They go to limbo, where they are happy, but they are robbed of heaven. That is why abortion is so evil.

    We are a fallen race. No one deserves heaven, we all deserve hell. Abortion does not remove original sin. Abortion is not a sacrament.

  2. Abortion certainly isn’t a sacrament, and it doesn’t remove original sin. Like Eric said, we don’t know what happens to them. But the Church doesn’t teach that aborted babies go to limbo. The Catechism (no. 1261) tells us,

    “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” (Mk. 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.”

    This would include unbaptized babies who die because of abortion.

    Also, limbo is a theological opinion, not a doctrine (or dogma) of the Church. CUF’s Faith Fact “Where Do We Go from Here?: The Concept of Limbo” discusses limbo in greater detail.

  3. It is true, as Sarah Rozman notes, that limbo is not a Catholic dogma. It is merely a theological opinion and deduction. Still, St. Thomas’s conjecture of limbo is solidly based on a truth that *is* a Catholic dogma, i.e., the truth that those souls dying in original sin only are “punished” in some way in the next world. This dogma was taught by two ecumenical councils: Lyons II and Florence.

    Two thousand years of Catholic tradition assure us that the punishment of those dying in original sin only is deprivation of the supernatural happiness of the beatific vision. (Limbo is a kind of natural happiness.) This deprivation, as James DePrisco indicates, is the worst aspect of the horrendous crime of abortion.

  4. Okay so this is trully hard to believe but I dont think ANY infant or fetus will be condemned to Limbo. It’d be as if God didnt have a heart and felt cruel…. like he was saying “Oh hey so your an infant? And you were aborted?? Oh hey i guess you wont beable to spend eternity in Heaven because your an infant.”

    Yeah i have trouble believing this because its so…. heartless cruel and very cold.

    Allow me to ask you this; Would you condemn an infant to Hell? Would you damn an infant to Hell because they are trully innocent and without any sin performed? If you can then you might as well kill yourself because your no better then Hitler.

  5. Limbo is not a condemnation, because it is not hell. God is just and would not do that. However, without Baptism, none can go to heaven. Abortion is not a case where Baptism was intended after birth because it is murder, so the Baptism just isn’t there.The baby can’t yet go to heaven then.

  6. All of you people are sooo lost. When babies die, the energy (which fuels them) returns to the original source. I hate to rain on your parade but limbo and baptisms don’t play a role with deciding where babies go and what stops them from getting to heaven. This is why religion is spoken against. For thousands of years people have filled our heads with this rubbish. Ask yourself, what kind of just God puts the fate of innocent babies in the hands of indiviudals who choose to abort??? If the aborted baby can’t get to heaven, then maybe this heaven is not so freaking great after all…

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