A conversion presumably severs the spiritual ties with one's baptismal godparents. I am reading about a convert from Russian Orthodoxy to Roman Catholicism, who apparently converted around age 20 and was confirmed around age 50. The confirmation, his only surviving sacramental record, names a godfather that he could not possibly have met until he was an adult.

In a comment, curiousdannii reveals that the term of art is "sponsor" (thanks!). Do converts to Catholicism always have exactly one sponsor? Does sponsorship differ from godparenthood? When do they get the sponsor?

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    The generic term, which includes those for adult baptisms, is "sponsor". – curiousdannii Jun 15 '17 at 10:49
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    @KenGraham It's not completely clear (to me at least) whether the question is specifically asked about Catholicism, or whether it's asked about Christianity in general with simply an example related to Catholicism. I think we need clarity. – Matt Gutting Jun 15 '17 at 13:28
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    The answer to this would vary by denomination of which there are many, which would make it too broad for this site as currently asked. Was there some specific denomination you were interested in? – Lee Woofenden Jun 15 '17 at 16:19
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    Hi folks, yes, I am specifically interested in the case of this Russian Orthodox to Roman Catholic conversion, in case the specifics differ. – Aaron Brick Jun 15 '17 at 23:59
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    There are two questions to consider. First, do godparents in Catholicism have some type of formal or canonical responsibility to or authority over a godchild, or is the relationship defined by social factors? (E.g., "Sorry, John, your godparents have refused to allow you to become a priest and filed a writ compelling us to expel you from seminary without possibility of readmission. They also want us to shoot you in the leg, but Canon Law restricts us to a Nerf gun.") Second, do baptized persons receiving Catholic confirmation have a process or requirement for receiving sponsorship? – Robert Columbia Jun 18 '17 at 17:13

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