They died under the old law, just like the good thief before Jesus commanded everyone to be baptised.
give me an example of the unbaptised saint and I will look into it
All from the Old Testament, St. Dismas, the 40th one of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste - some that come to mind
The Martyrs of Sebaste were definitely post-Ascension.
One of the biggest objections from baptism of desire/blood advocates is the claim that
the Catholic Church recognizes saints who never received the Sacrament of Baptism.
The answer to this is that the Catholic Church has never recognized that there are
saints in heaven who were not baptized. Some historians have written accounts of the
lives of certain saints in which these saints died without baptism of water – by “baptism
of blood”; but the assertions of these historians prove nothing.
Not all of the information surrounding the deaths of martyrs is accurate. For
instance, “According to St. Ambrose, Prudentius and Father Butler, Saint Agnes was beheaded.
Others had said she [St. Agnes] was burned to death. Our point is that not all of the
information given in the martyrdom narrative is necessarily accurate, consistent, or
Pope St. Gelasius, Decretal, 495: “Likewise the deeds of the holy martyrs...
[which] with remarkable caution are not read in the holy Roman Church...
because the names of those who wrote them are entirely unknown... lest an
occasion of mockery might arise.”174
Pope St. Gelasius is saying here that the acts and deeds recorded of the martyrs are
uncertain. Their authors are unknown, the accounts may contain error and they were
not even read out in the holy Roman Church to avoid possible scandal or mockery
which might arise from any false statements contained therein. In fact, in his work The
Age of Martyrs, the renowned Church historian Abbot Giuseppe Ricciotti says: “For
guides we have appropriate documents. These, however, as we have already seen, are often
uncertain and would lead us completely astray. Especially unreliable are the Acts or
Passions of martyrs.”175 The infallible teaching of the Catholic Church, on the other
hand, is absolutely reliable, and it has never taught that souls can be saved without the
Sacrament of Baptism by “baptism of blood.” Thus, in short, there is no proof that any
saint martyred for the Catholic Faith never received the Sacrament of Baptism.
THE FORTY MARTYRS OF SEBASTE
An example of how the baptism of blood advocates err in this matter is their assertion
that the fortieth martyr of Sebaste was unbaptized. They say that he was unbaptized,
but that he joined himself with the other thirty‐nine martyrs and froze to death for
Christ on the lake. The fact is that there is no proof that the fortieth martyr of Sebaste
was unbaptized, whose identity is unknown. The accounts of the story reveal that he
“cried out with a loud voice that he was a Christian,” probably because he was already a
baptized Catholic who was spurred on to martyrdom by the example of the other thirty‐
nine. Further, in the Roman Martyrology under the date of September 9, we read:
“At Sebaste in Armenia, St. Severian, a soldier of Emperor Licinius. For
frequently visiting the Forty Martyrs in prison, he was suspended in the air
with a stone tied to his feet by order of the governor Lysias...”176
It is certain that Severian was not the fortieth martyr (from the date and
circumstances of his death), but we see from this account that other people and soldiers
were able to visit the forty in prison. Thus, the forty martyrs easily could have baptized
any soldiers who showed interest and sympathy with their cause, including the one who
joined himself to them eventually (if he wasn’t already baptized). Thus, there is nothing
that proves that the fortieth martyr was unbaptized, and we know that he was from the
truth of our Faith. The same can be said about all of the approximately 20 cases which
are brought forward by the baptism of blood advocates.
Pope Eugene IV, The Council of Florence, “Exultate Deo,” Nov. 22, 1439, ex
cathedra: “And since death entered the universe through the first man, ‘unless
we are born again of water and the Spirit, we cannot,’ as the Truth says, ‘enter
into the kingdom of heaven’ [John 3:5]. The matter of this sacrament is real and
natural water.”177 http://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/2nd_edition_final.pdf