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What is the legal role of a godparent?
A godparent's role is a moral and religious one; it is the role of a 'sponsor' and being named as a godparent to a child does not create a legal relationship between the godparent and the child. If both a child's parents were to die the godparent would not automatically become the child's guardian.
Do you have to be religious to be a godparent?
While the secular interpretation of godparent is a bit of a free-for-all, the Christian interpretation is not. To be a godparent to a Catholic child, you have to be a baptised, practising Catholic (although a baptised person from another denomination can serve as an \u201cofficial witness\u201d).
Can you be a godparent if you are an atheist?
An atheist can be a wonderful influence in a child's life, but being a godparent is to be a representative of the religious community and an example of godly living (which is why they should be baptised and preferably confirmed), in addition to supporting them socially.
What are the requirements for godparents?
Godparents must be practicing Catholics who are at least 16 years of age and must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. If married, the godparent must be married in the Catholic Church or had their marriage blessed by the Catholic Church.
How does someone become your godparent?
Godparents must be chosen by the parents or guardian and cannot be the child's mother or father. They should also be at least 16 years old and must be an active member of the church who has received the sacraments of confirmation and communion.
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