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God Parents Must Be Catholic

My kids are getting baptised and I have to find god parents. Can grandma's be god parents or does it have to be a aunt, uncle or friend? Do they have to be Catholic?

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 ---Pamella on 4/6/07
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Can I get my new grand daughter baptized, even though the mother is not catholic or practice in a any religion?
The father is, but only on Christmas and Easter. Will the church deny this newly born because of this interfaith married?
---Frank on 7/29/10


I have godparents and I am not Catholic. I don't think it matters what denomination you are to have or be a godparent. To me, a godparent is one who is there to help the child grow in faith.
---Katie on 9/28/07


My children were baptized in the Catholic church and their God parents were not Catholic. God parents do not have to be Catholic although it's preferred. They just have to promise to bring the child up in the Catholic faith
---grace3869 on 4/10/07


Ashley - ("Baptism is for the remission of sins.") -- Hebrews 9:22 says "..without shedding of blood there is no remission". Without faith that your sins have all been taken by the Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, then you still have your sin. Baptism does not save. It is the Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross that washes sin away.
---Helen_5378 on 4/10/07


Just another false doctrine of men. Baptism is for the remission of sins. Baptizing babies is a mockery of the ordinance. Jesus blessed children. He did not baptise them. They are innocent in the sight of God and have no sin. God parents are named to raise a child if something happens to the parents. The individual has free agency to choose what they want to believe in life, not something forced on them. It is up to us to teach truths to others, not false doctrines because others believe they are true.
---ashley on 4/9/07




Pamella::1.Are you Catholic?2.Do you want your children to have your Religious beliefs?3who would you entrust your children,to & with in case of a sudden demise?4How important is it for you to know your child is being brought up in the faith of Your choice.?5would you pick old people who may not live long or would you chose some one younger who you could trust.?6Would it be fair for you to bring up anothers child without your consent & affordability
---Emcee on 4/9/07


Pamella::1.Are you Catholic?2.Do you want your children to have your Religious beliefs?3who would you entrust your children,to & with in case of a sudden demise?4How important is it for you to know your child is being brought up in the faith of Your choice.?5would you pick old people who may not live long or would you chose some one younger who you could trust.?6Would it be fair for you to bring up anothers child without your consent & affordability
---Emcee on 4/9/07


Pamela, something you need to consider. This is NOT "your kids' baptism." Get that foolish notion out of your head immediately.

It is the CHURCH'S baptism, and it is being bestowed on your children.
---Jack on 4/9/07


In the Catholic faith , it is a requirement for the God parents to be Catholic to bring up the child as a Catholic. In many diocese the God parent tp be will also have to attend a short course in God parenting .
---Peter on 4/8/07


If you are a Catholic, then at least one god parent must be a practising Catholic and of reasonable maturity, not a child. The reason for this is that god parents have a duty to ensure that the child continues in the Faith, with proper instruction, until he or she is old enough to take responsiblity for his or her own faith; even if the parents were to cease to be practicing Catholics. It is possible to have a non-Catholic serve as one of the god-parents so long as they know what is expected of them.
---lorra8574 on 4/7/07




I'm a godparent, and I'm the grandmother. I'm non-Catholic. I'm a Free Methodist believer. There are other denominations that have godparents besides Catholics. It's just referred to as "sponsers" in my church. My son-in-law and daughter chose his parents (grandparents) to be sponsers for our first grandson.
---Carol on 4/7/07


A godparent, as far as I know, is usually an uncle, aunt or a best friend. As to whether they have to be Catholic, why do you ask this? It depends. If you are wanting to bring your children up as Catholics, then you might like the godparents to be Catholic also.
---Helen_5378 on 4/7/07


Scripturally, the only requirement is salvation. Are they saved? Then they qualify. There is no instruction in the Bible for us to take classes or have our babies baptized. The message of the Bible is "repent and be baptized." Some churches have swayed far away from that.
However, if you are truly are going to go through with this then asking your church this question would give you the answer you are looking for.
---john on 4/7/07


I don't think the Bible speaks of criteria regarding denomination or godparents with reference to baptism. It is clear however, that when Jesus and the apostles baptised new Christians, the new believers understood what was happening. Extremely young children or infants do not understand the meaning of baptism or salvation so the ceremony is purely formality and meaningless. If you are going to baptize your children anyway, seek the advice of the individual who will be conducting the ceremony.
---jody on 4/6/07


In my experience and observation, baptisms require the parents to take instruction for 6 months in advance, where issues like this are discussed.

Why am I getting the feeling that Pamela posted this question here just to create more trouble and start another round of Bash the Catholics?
---Jack on 4/6/07


Why do you need god parents so your kids can get baptized? Is this something you want to do? I have never heard of it being a requirement. But I'd check it out from the church that is going to baptize them, for more information.
---Rebecca_D on 4/6/07


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You should ask the church in which they are being baptized what the requirements are. Are you Catholic? Then ask the priest what the requirements are. Last I heard, it was required that at least one of the godparents be Catholic and be in good standing as such.
---Madison1101 on 4/6/07


The purpose of God Parents is to raise your children in the faith in case you do not say with the Church Militant long enough to do so. To that end, yes, they have to be Catholic. And while grandma can do it, it helps if the person is young enough (and close enough to the family) to say yes, I will attempt to help you raise your child over the next two decades.
---Ted on 4/6/07


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