Bringing you the "Good News" of Jesus Christ and His Church While PROMOTING CATHOLIC Apologetic Support groups loyal to the Holy Father and Church's magisterium
Home About
What's New? Resources The Church Family Life Mass and
Ask A Catholic
Knowledge base
AskACatholic Disclaimer
Search the
AskACatholic Database
Donate and
Support our work
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
New Questions
Cool Catholic Videos
About Saints
Disciplines & Practices for distinct Church seasons
Purgatory and Indulgences
About the Holy Mass
About Mary
Searching and Confused
Contemplating becoming a Catholic or Coming home
Homosexual and Gender Issues
Life and Family
No Salvation Outside the Church
Sacred Scripture
non-Catholic Cults
Justification and Salvation
The Pope and Papacy
The Sacraments
Relationships and Marriage situations
Specific people, organizations and events
Doctrine and Teachings
Specific Practices
Church Internals
Church History

Lionel Martinez wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have an odd situation. My wife and I are not Catholic. We just had a baby and picked a great couple to be the Godparents of our son. The couple are Catholic and practice the Catholic religion very faithfully. They brought it to our attention that they cannot be the Godparents of our son unless we become Catholics and teach him the Catholic religion.

We really love them and want them to be his Godparents, but feel that it is asking a lot from us.

Please respond and tell me if they are correct or if you need more information. I really need some more information to be able to move forward.

Thank you,


  { Why do we have to become Catholic for our friends to be Godparents to our son? }

Mary Ann replied:


Catholics may not be Godparents for a baptism in a non-Catholic denomination because they would be promising to see that the child was formed in a faith, which would violate their conscience.

However, a Catholic may be an official witness of a valid Baptism at a non-Catholic denomination in the same way non-Catholic Christians are allowed to be witnesses, but not sponsors or Godparents, at Catholic Baptisms.

Mary Ann

Please report any and all typos or grammatical errors.
Suggestions for this web page and the web site can be sent to Mike Humphrey
© 2012 Panoramic Sites
The Early Church Fathers Church Fathers on the Primacy of Peter. The Early Church Fathers on the Catholic Church and the term Catholic. The Early Church Fathers on the importance of the Roman Catholic Church centered in Rome.