While preparing for a lesson this Sunday I came across Deuteronomy 24:16.
(KJV) The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
(D-R) The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children for the fathers, but every one shall die for his own sin.
This piqued my interest, so I looked into the Catholic Catechism.
1250 Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called.50 The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth.51
Does Deut. 24:16 suggest that no one but Adam and Eve can be held responsible for their action? or are children considered sinful at birth? or is baptism in Catholocism seen as something more pre-emptive than the immediate cleansing of past actions as other churches believe? How does the Catholic Church reconsile Catechism 1250 with Deut. 24:16?