Can an infant be baptized if the godparents haven’t been confirmed?

By November 15, 2014 9 Comments

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My daughter’s choice of godparents for her son are two people who were brought up Catholic, but who have not been confirmed. Can an infant be baptized if the godparents haven’t been confirmed?


Godparents must be confirmed, so other godparents should be chosen if possible. If this is not possible, then your grandson should be baptized without godparents. TheCode of Canon Law specifies the requirements for godparents:
To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:

  1. be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
  2. have completed the 16th year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;
  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;
  5. not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized. (CIC 874)



  • Carlos says:

    Okay so I was baptized and now as an adult I learned that my godparents lied and not only were they not confirmed they themselves were never baptized. Does this disqualify my baptism?

  • Louise says:

    May i know Fortis is a saint? coz i can’t find more information about tis name?tq,god bless

  • Sal Carmody says:

    Toda y in the US too many children have Godparents that are not even Catholic & nobody from the Church checked ahead of time

  • sandra c. Garcia says:

    If a couple living together is asked to be the sponsors, are they permitted to be God parents? …my opinion is that they shouldn’t even be living together much less be Godparents.

  • concepcion says:

    Good answer from Catholic Say…after all these requirements are as per Canon Law. To summarize, all godparents and sponsors must have been baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist. If married, must be by a priest or deacon in a Catholic church; if single must not be living with someone (cohabitation); and must be actively practicing the Catholic faith. To be on the safe side, perhaps certificates must be ask from all the godparents/sponsors to be a part of all paperworks with the person to be baptized (baptism, confirmation, Eucharist and marriage certificates) unless the family of the one to be baptized know the godparents/sponsors very well!
    Hope these helps 🙂

  • Kevin Bailey says:

    Carlos – be confident in knowing that your Baptism is valid. You are indeed a child of God brought fully into Jesus’s loving family through Sanctifying Grace. This Grace is God’s to give and is given when He chooses even if we humans muddle it up with lies and deceit to get what we want. Your Godparents are illicit (done wrong) and so technically you do not have Godparents of the Church. However having Godparents is NOT a requirement of Baptism so therefore while they acted and spoke as Godparents at your Baptism they were just witnesses to God’s merciful grace given out to you!

  • Anastasia says:

    If one of the Godparents of your child went through with being a Godparent while they were cohabitating (not married) with their boyfriend at that time does that discredit them & mean they’re not a Godparent?

  • mary says:

    can a Godparant be gay and the other a good practicing roman catholic

  • I have 2 grandchildren they need to be baptize, I ask my niece to baptize my grandkids.she said no she wouldn’t. I was hurt I haven’t talk to her since then.she hurt me feelings she call her self a CATHOLIC NOT IN MY BOOK SHE AINT..THERE IS NAME FOR HER ..

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