Will a Child That Commits Suicide Go to Heaven?

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Will a child that commits suicide go to heaven?


Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2282 …Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide.

2283 We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.

To be guilty of a mortal sin an individual must know what he is choosing and freely choose it.  Individuals who commit suicide are usually suffering from some kind of psychological or emotional condition that overwhelms them and impairs their ability to fully understand and freely choose their actions.  Even more so for children who can’t possibly understand what they are doing.

We must always remember that Jesus taught us that God is Father (Matthew 7:11; Luke 11:11).  God creates us out of nothing, no one could have greater love for us than God.  God would embrace such a child with all love and compassion.

By  Fr. Charles Grondin



  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    That is ABSOLUTELY NOT what I was indoctrinated with as a child. Had I been told this, and being so miserable in my Catholic faith, I probably would have taken my own life, but there was no question in my young indoctrinated mind that suicide meant a straight trip to Hell, and that acted as a deterrent.
    After I read the entire bible and discovered what a load of garbage this whole thing is, the misery vanished, and the interest in taking my life went away. All that childhood shame, guilt and fear vanished. When the time comes, I will have no compunctions about not letting the medical community bleed me dry for its own benefit, and may move to a place where they will actually assist me, when and if conditions justify it.
    Which Hell do we go to, by the way? Sheol, Gehenna, Hades or Tartarus? Each of these words, which mean different things, was translated to the pagan word “Hell” when the bible was translated to English. None of them means Hell as we think of it today. Our concept of Hell today comes much more from Dante’s “Inferno,” MIlton’s “Paradise Lost” and countless paintings of people agonizing in pain and misery – the same pictures that always include articles in this forum when the subject is Hell. Look up those words. They lied to us.

  2. Vinson Reply


    Why are you so angry? Why do you hate so?

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