Today we are asked to pray for unborn children. We used to be told that children who die without Baptism are confined to Limbo, but in recent times the Church has rejected that notion. Pope Benedict and a Church instruction from 2007 have taught that such infants would not be deprived of entrance to heaven or of enjoying the Beatific Vision. Rome has said that although we are bound to see baptism as essential for salvation God is not bound by any such regulations.
My own understanding of the condition of unborn children was strongly effected by paragraph 19 in the Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
“The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion
with God. The invitation to commune with God is addressed to man as soon as
he comes into being.”
I would like our English translation of that Latin document to say, “The dignity of any human consists in his or her being called to communion with God.”