Popping by with a godparent question

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Popping by with a godparent question
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Fri, 04-18-2003 - 11:00pm
I am expecting a son in June and we have been discussing godparents. Although we have older relatives, the person we would really like to be our son's godfather is only 13. Do godparents need to be confirmed in the church before they are allowed to be godparents? He is by far our first choice (he is the closest to our family). I would hate to pick someone different simply because they are older. Any advice?

~Megan

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Sat, 04-19-2003 - 9:14am
Hi - I'm copying my post from before on godparent requirements. One of those requirements is that he/she must have received all three sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.

Here are the godparent requirements for baptism:

Only one godparent is required who must be a practicing Catholic at least 16 years old who has received the sacrament of Confirmation. There can be no more than two godparents -one male and one female. They must be practicing Catholics at least 16 years years old and received the sacrament of Confirmation. One of the godparents may also be a baptized member of another Christian faith who is in good standing with their church. This person would be called a Christian Witness. Godparents (or a Christian Witness) may be represented by a proxy if they cannot be present at the baptism.

Parishes may request a certificate from the godparents' parish if they are not members of the parish the baby will be baptized in, as verification that they are qualified to act as godparents.



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Sat, 04-19-2003 - 10:38am
Sorry I didn't see your answer posted before. I noticed alot of godparent questions and thought I read them through to make sure the info wasn't already there. Thanks for your quick answer though!

~Megan
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Sat, 04-19-2003 - 6:44pm
Hi Megan,

I have seen this done. Since only one Godparent is required. Let's say that the 13 year old is a male who will be Confirmed next or the following year. The Godmother is a qualified Godparent. A dispensation can be requested from the Bishop allowing the not yet Confirmed but expected to be Confirmed, 13 year old to be listed as Godfather. The 13 year olds Pastor will need to convince the Bishop that the 13 year old will most likely be Confirmed as expected and is living out his Catholic faith. Requesting a dispensation for the age requirement of an already Confirmed 13 year old is eaiser.

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Sat, 04-19-2003 - 11:25pm
That's ok Megan. My original godparent post is sort of lost way back. If you click on "More" with the arrow aside of it at the end of the all the posts in this section - it's back there.

Ruth