Is it possible to baptize an abortion victim and order Mass for her?


QUESTION: can I perform “baptism by desire” and order Mass for a baby who has been the victim of my girlfriend’s abortion? After all, unbaptized and unborn children, according to the catechism, fall into the limb and cannot enjoy the blissful contemplation of God.

ANSWER: according to the Catholic doctrine, it is impossible to say with certainty that unbaptized and unborn children fall into the limb. This assumption was typical of theologians of earlier eras, and although it was not condemned by the Church, it was never its official teacher.

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