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Afterlife for aborted children
:: As the question of the status of the aborted infants utterly surpasses the bounds of the sacramental authority of the Church and of divine revelation, our prayer for these souls becomes all the more necessary in this great holocaust of our time.
:; [ CCC #1261](emphasis added)
:: 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,"<ref>Mk 10 14; cf. 1 Tim 2:4.</ref> '''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. ::: ''Comment''': We are obliged to Baptize children. We know that the sacrament has a real effect on them. It takes them out of the kingdom of evil and makes them full members in the Kingdom of Heaven. They are born again and receive the power to participate in God's own life. The obligation that rests on us toward our children says nothing about how God acts to join innocent souls to Himself in Heaven. When we see what He has done, we will praise His justice and mercy toward these holy innocents.
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