MEDJUGORJE VISIONARY MIRJANA ASKED THE BLESSED MOTHER, “WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SOULS OF ABORTED CHILDREN?” What Says the Church?

MEDJUGORJE VISIONARY MIRJANA ASKED THE BLESSED MOTHER, “WHAT HAPPENS TO THE SOULS OF ABORTED CHILDREN?” What Says the Church?

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By Kevin Burke, LSW

November 2nd we commemorate All Souls Day, a holy day set aside to honor, and pray for the souls of our beloved dead. Those who have lost a child to abortion, may wonder, “What happens to the soul of an unbaptized baby after death?”

In 2007 a document was issued by the Church’s International Theological Commission clarifying that the concept of limbo reflected an unduly restrictive view of salvation:

“The conclusion of this study is that there are theological and liturgical reasons to hope that infants who die without baptism may be saved and brought into eternal happiness even if there is not an explicit teaching on this question found in revelation. There are reasons to hope that God will save these infants precisely because it was not possible (to baptize them).”

 On June 24, 1981, young Mirjana Soldo and five other children reported seeing an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with the child Jesus in her arms, on a hill just outside of the village of Medjugorje.   The apparitions and messages continue to this day. [The latest position of the Catholic Church on the apparitions: https://www.medjugorje.org/church.htm]

In one encounter with Mary, Mirjana asked the blessed mother what happened to the souls of aborted children after their death.

The blessed Mother’s responded:

They are with me in Heaven.” (Pg. 108, My Heart Will Triumph)

In his Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Saint John Paul II addresses women and men who have participated in the death of their preborn child, or children:

Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To the same Father and to his mercy you can with sure hope entrust your child. – (Evangelium Vitae, 99)

If you or someone you love, has participated in any way in the death of an preborn child, or have been hurt from that experience, there is help and healing available. 

Programs like Rachel’s Vineyard welcome women, men, grandparents, family members, siblings and friends directly impacted by abortion.  The sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are part of the Catholic Retreat Program. You can find confidential email and phone contacts of healing resources in your area here.    

If you want to hear my musical account of the events in Medjugorje, drawing upon Mirjana’s fascinating autobiography My Heart Will Triumph, check out my original song and video:


[1] The latest position of the Catholic Church on the apparitions: https://www.medjugorje.org/church.htm

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