Godparents and Sponsors

ADOM Godparent/Sponsor Certificate
Who Can Be a Godparent?
It is usual that at the time of Baptism and Confirmation a person has a godparent. This godparent takes on the responsibility of helping the person to live a Christian life in keeping with Baptism/Confirmation and to fulfill the obligations inherent in it.

To take on the responsibility of being a godparent a person:

1. Must be a Catholic who is not a parent of the one to be baptized or confirmed;

2. Must have received all the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation);

3. Must live a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken (e.g. if married, must be in a valid marriage according to Church law);

4. Cannot have a canonical penalty like excommunication;

5. Cannot be under the age of sixteen 

o If there is a just reason, someone of a younger age can be permitted by the pastor or the one administering the Baptism or Confirmation;

6. Must be nominated by at least one of the parents in the case of infant Baptism, by the one to be baptized in the case of an adult Baptism, or by the pastor or the one administering the Baptism in cases where necessity requires it.

Regarding Witnesses: At the request of the parents, a baptized and believing person not belonging to the Catholic Church may act as a Christian witness along with a Catholic godparent.

An unbaptized person cannot act as a witness or godparent.



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