CCC 1257 The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation.60 He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them.61 Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament.62 The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are “reborn of water and the Spirit.” God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.
CCC 1261 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,”64 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.
I have had many conversations of late about what happens to the soul of the aborted child (or the miscarried child). The catechism teaches us that baptism is necessary for Salvation, and that we can hope in God’s mercy for these children, but it does not speak of how. I do believe God’s mercy is unfathomable. But I wrestled with the question in speaking with others. I myself lost a child to miscarriage. I have had people assure me these children are in heaven. I have had others assure me they are not. There used to be the teaching of limbo, but that is not really taught anymore. Everyone has a differing opinion. I am sure this post will get a lot of comments, but it is my understanding that this question has never really been settled by the church. Individuals have opinions, and it is debated, but depending on who you speak with you get different answers.
In my own struggle, if you say that they’re in heaven, then one could also conclude that baptism isn’t necessary for Salvation. If you say that they’re not, God seems cruel and far away. In my heart, I felt that both statements are true, that baptism is necessary, and that these innocent children are in heaven. So I took my thoughts and conversation and turned to my own Blessed Mother about it. The following is what I wrote in my journal as her response to me. If the church came out tomorrow and said this is not true, then the church is correct and I am wrong. I write what pops in my head when I have a conversation with God or the Blessed Mother. My intent is never to lead anyone astray, so please know that as you discern what I have written. I am only posting part of it, as some of it was personal to me;
April 8, 2019
You have asked what happens to the unborn child who dies or is aborted before birth. They are with me. Womb means Mercy. I was Immaculately conceived and my womb carried Mercy. I am the Mother of Mercy. When human beings turn towards wickedness or a child is lost to miscarriage because death was brought into the world, I am the Mediatrix of Grace for these personally innocent babies. I intercede with my own consecrated womb, as the Mother of Mercy, the blood and water in my womb, the same DNA as the blood and water from the side of my Son, baptizes them in my Immaculate Conception, freeing them from Original Sin. In God’s Divine Providence, my Assumption allows this. My physical and spiritual womb of mercy extended to them because Baptism is necessary for Salvation.
Pray for an end to the evil of abortion.
- The Immaculate Conception
This brought me great comfort. That God is amazing and true. That both statements of heavenly reward for these innocents and the necessity of baptism could be true. We must fight the evil of abortion with all we have, because the Mother of Mercy is also the Mother of Sorrows because of this wickedness we have allowed.