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Can divorced individuals become godparents or sponsors for baptism and confirmation?

By November 28, 2014 2 Comments

Full Question

Can divorced individuals become godparents or sponsors for baptism and confirmation?

Answer

If the person in question is living a life in keeping with the Church’s expectations for someone in that situation, yes.
On the other hand, if the person does not have a Church annulment and is in a romantic relationship or has attempted remarriage outside the Church, then that person is not living “a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken [i.e., baptismal or confirmation sponsor],” as required by canon law (CIC 874), and so another candidate for the role should be chosen.

2 Comments

  • Walt says:

    the problem stems from the churches teaching verses what the bible says. No one needs a sponsor for baptism as baptism, by the teaching of the bible, is something that occurs AFTER one has received Jesus as their Lord & Savior. It’s a public acknowledgement of one’s receiving Jesus as their Messiah.

  • jim says:

    Where does it say in the Bible one needs to receive Jesus as their Lord in Savior.

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