Do Infants who Die without Baptism go to Heaven directly?

As I’ve discussed previously, I can reach no other conclusion, given the current state of magisterial teaching, except that prenatals, infants, and young children who die without baptism receive eternal life in Heaven. But do they go directly to Heaven? Perhaps they go to the limbo of Purgatory first, and then enter eternal life. As explained in my book Forgiveness and Salvation for Everyone, I believe they go to Purgatory first.

Before death, in the last moment of life or earlier, these young souls are given a baptism of blood, by reason of their impending deaths. The grace of this baptism is from Christ himself dying on the Cross, and it is much like the baptisms given to the Holy Innocents. Thus, they die in the state of grace.

What type and degree of happiness can a prenatal who died at the age of a few days or less have in Heaven? What would their bodies be like after the general Resurrection?

These problematic questions are solved by a temporary stay in the upper level of Purgatory, where there is no punishment, only instruction. For Purgatory is, at every level, a place of learning. These young souls would learn about God and about our Lord Jesus, who died for our salvation. They would learn about humanity, family, and the Church. They would gradually increase in understanding, just as infants and young children do.

And then they would be able to love God more fully, once they enter Heaven. For they would have learned about God first. This upper level of Purgatory, then, functions like the womb of the Church for prenatals who died before birth. It functions like the nursery of the Church, for those who died after birth, at such a young age.

Finally, at the general Resurrection, they would fittingly be given the bodies of children, as they will have grown up sufficiently before entering Heaven. At that point in time, they would have souls that are fit for the bodies of persons that age.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian

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13 Responses to Do Infants who Die without Baptism go to Heaven directly?

  1. Justino says:

    Over 3 decades now my wife gave birth to our first born. He was premature & only lived 9 days. But we had him baptized at the hospital a few days after his birth. I’m correct to assume that he died free of original sin & in sanctifying grace made his way to heaven. In my prayers to God & the Blessed Mother, could I include him to intercede on his family’s behalf for prayer intentions?

  2. Marco says:

    I agree with all the article but


    Finally, at the general Resurrection, they would fittingly be given the bodies of children, as they will have grown up sufficiently before entering Heaven. At that point in time, they would have souls that are fit for the bodies of persons that age.“

    Maybe they will be allowed to reach the age of prime adulthood, for example the age of Jesus when he resurrected from the dead.

    I don’t see any reasons to believe that children will stay children forever, much less i think that those who die at 80+ years old will have for eternity the body of an old man or an old woman.

    Death came into the world because of sin, and even the process of aging itself is due to sin, so i believe that every person will be resurrected with a body in its prime.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Good point. They might reach adulthood. On the other hand, it’s hard to imagine humanity without any children: “Amen I say to you, unless you change and become like little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18:3) “Allow the little children to come to me, and do not choose to prohibit them. For the kingdom of heaven is among such as these.” (Mt 19:14)

    • Marco says:

      You are right, probably children will be allowed to choose if they want to reach adulthood or stay children forever?

      As for the rest, i think that the biological age of the resurrected body will be the prime adulthood, since old age is one of the consequences of sin i think it’s a pretty safe bet to believe that a 80 years old will not be resurrected with that body.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Yes, that makes sense. But then, maybe there will be some variety. I think some persons might be most comfortable in a renewed super-healthy 40 year old body??? maybe, rather than 20 y.o.

    • Marco says:

      Ahahahahahaha yes.

    • Marco says:

      By the way, middle age doesn’t kick in until 45, expecially for men, so a 40 years old is still in his prime, he is approaching the end of prime adulthood but he is still in his prime.

      I just guessed that maybe the glorified male body will have the same age that Jesus had when he resurrected because he is the “firstborn from the dead” and in fact a 33 years old man is in his absolute prime.

      As for women, it’s hard to say, but i believe that they will have the biological age of the Holy Virgin Mary, and it should be noted that in every apparition She looks like a stunningly beautiful young girl. This kind of corroborates my hypothesis (i think) that every person will be allowed to have a body in its prime, since by the time of the Assumption the Holy Virgin was a middle aged woman approaching old age (I think she was aproximately 60 at that time, maybe slightly older or slightly younger. According to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich she was 63, for example).

    • Ron Conte says:

      I just think there will be a range of ages, and that people with glorified bodies can look like whatever they wish, which might change from time to time. It is interesting to speculate what the prime is for a human body, but then the glorified body is fit beyond prime.

    • Marco says:

      @Ron


      I just think there will be a range of ages, and that people with glorified bodies can look like whatever they wish, which might change from time to time. “

      This is interesting, i never thought about that. As i said, the only thing i’m quite positive about is that
      Old age will be non existent in Heaven, because in Heaven there will be nothing correlated to sin. But your speculation about being able to look younger or mature is most likely correct.

      “The glorified body is fit beyond prime”

      Of course. Otherwise we wouldn’t be talking about
      a glorified body.

    • Marco says:

      Oh yeah, before i forget: what i said obviously applies obviously to all the persons who were born with genetic illnesses (which is obviously much worse than getting older). These children weren’t supposed to be born like that, they were born with deformities because of sin but that wasn’t in the original plan of God. So in eternity they will be allowed to reach their fullness without their illnesses.

  3. Christine says:

    (Matthew 18)
    (18:1) At that time, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ” Who is the greatest in the kingdom of
    heaven?
    (18:2) He called a child whom he put among them,
    (18:3) and said, ” Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter
    the kingdom of heaven.
    (18:4) Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
    (18:5) Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

    Jesus loves little children. He loves their innocence, their simplicity, their openness, their littleness, their purity, their trusting and loving ways.
    He makes it very clear that they are received into the Kingdom of Heaven.

    Children who have died without the Baptism of water and words, have received the mystical Baptism of Blood.( You taught us that) They therefore have Sanctifying Grace in their souls and I believe that they go directly to Heaven.
    I believe these children by-pass Purgatory.
    I believe that the ages of the souls of the prenatals, infants, and children are accelerated by God to the age of 12, as they experience the Beatific Vision. In this ecstasy, the spiritual soul of each child takes on the shape and form of the age of a 12 year old child. They receive infused knowledge and understanding about God, their Creator and they receive the intelligence of a twelve year old child.
    As their souls have taken on the intelligence and the shape and form of a twelve year old,
    they can do things in this heavenly domain and experience ultimate happiness as they are being accompanied by their angels and are taught and nurtured by some of the Saints and the Blessed people who are there.
    They will experience the love of the Blessed Mother.
    With joy, they see Our Lord Jesus Christ present in His glorious Human Nature.They learn from their spiritual teachers how He redeemed humankind. They learn about us on earth and are trained to pray for us.
    At the General Resurrection they receive a glorified human body for that age level.
    I humbly submit.

    • Ron Conte says:

      Infused knowledge is given to everyone at the particular judgment. It is possible that the very young receive infused knowledge to make up for the development they were denied in this life. I think there might be a range of different ages. It seems like humanity should still have variety in the general resurrection.

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