Briefly, I am a Roman Catholic who has been inquiring into Orthodoxy since February of this year. Last Sunday, I told the priest that my children and I wish to take the next steps (cathechumenate for me, baptism for my kids). But, this post is not about me.
This post is about my niece (my sister's daughter), who is severely developmentally disabled. While there is no diagnosis of her condition per se, some of her internal organs are malformed, and she is rather cognitively impaired. She is five years old, but cannot speak, and I do not know if she can understand spoken language. She cannot walk without a walker. And, she has severe epilepsy. These days, her condition is not good, and the doctor has advised that my niece might one day have a seizure so severe that it stops her heart.
My sister is a nominal Catholic and my brother-in-law is an atheist, but they will allow for my niece to be baptized. My family being Catholic, my parents intend to have her baptized in the RCC. While I have made a few comments of my decision to move to Orthodoxy, I have never voiced that my niece should be baptized EO.
My question is this: if my niece is baptized RCC and she dies, what is the EO opinion of that? I think that if my niece were to die today, she would float off to heaven. She is rather severely mentally impaired, and I truly question whether she can commit sin. I have never seen her in anger or any other such state. What is the EO position on the severely retarded?