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The Church believes that it is important for a baptizand (in this context also called the catechumen) to have a sponsor, for a couple of reasons. The Church considers the newly baptized to be part of the community, and the community takes part in their post-baptism catechesis. The sponsors are there at least partly to represent the community's part in the ...


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Disclaimer: Though I am a Catholic, I am not a canon lawyer, nor a theologian, nor a priest. I am reasonably certain that my answer is correct and in accordance with Church law; but if I am in error I will gladly receive correction. Unfortunately, it appears that such a couple as you describe is not eligible to be godparents at a Catholic baptism. The Code ...


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Marriage between baptized and sponsor was prohibited in the Latin Church till 1983 and is prohibited in the Eastern Catholic Churches. Latin Church The CIC 1917 (Codex iuris canonici, code of canon law) states for the Latin Chuch: Can. 768. Ex baptismo spiritualem cognationem contrahunt tantum cum baptizato baptizans et patrinus. Can. 797. Etiam ...


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It would seem so: Pontificium Consilium ad Christianorum Unitatem Fovendam See ¶98 & 98a. It is the Catholic understanding that godparents, in a liturgical and canonical sense, should themselves be members of the Church or ecclesial Community in which the baptism is being celebrated. They do not merely undertake a responsibility for the Christian ...


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Being divorced may or may not be an impediment to being a godparent. It will in fact depend on several issues. Some divorcee are not at all guilty of any wrong doing within the marriage as may happen in the case of spousal abuse. Each case must be look at in its own merits. If one is divorced and remarried without getting an annulment than one can not ...


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Can. 874 CIC says: To be a Godparent, someone must 3/ be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on; 4/ not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared; If you are only divorced (and living as single now),...


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While elemtilas' answer indicates that Catholics might not be barred from being godparents in other ecclesial communities, as far as the Church of England is concerned there may be difficulties and the CofE parish priest must be consulted. Even then, it's not really clear whether the Catholic Church makes a distinction between witnesses to the baptism and ...


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All Christians, and on occasion others, can baptize others if necessary according to Catholic tradition - see Code of Canon Law §861.2. Godparents are not needed for baptism if not available - see CCL 872. CCL 892 says: "As far as possible the person to be confirmed is to have a sponsor." It seems clear that the dispensability of sponsors extends to ...


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It totally depends on the church that issue the certificate. In many denominations - especially Baptists and other evangelical congregationalist denominations - the certificate itself is generated by the church secretary. It is not a legal form, even if it can be used as a proxy for a birth certificate in some circumstances. In a Roman Catholic church, or ...


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