Mark Moriarty

I was offended by John Young's callous article, "The Importance of early baptism." He shows a complete disregard for loving practising Catholic parents who may have lost a baby at birth and through no fault of their own were unable to have it baptised.

I believe that God, who has entrusted this child to them through love, would have known that their desire would have been baptism for their child, therefore I believe that child would enter heaven.

John Young also ignores the recent Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 1261, which deals directly with children who have died without Baptism. This paragraph is worth quoting:

"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,' allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism."

For John Young only to quote from the much harsher Council of Trent Catechism is an insult to the love and faith of all Catholic parents who desire Baptism for their children.

Lavington, NSW

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