My sister married in the Christian Orthodox Church.  Would she be able to serve as a Godmother to my son baptized in the Catholic Church?My sister was baptized Catholic as a child, and has done...

My sister married in the Christian Orthodox Church.  Would she be able to serve as a Godmother to my son baptized in the Catholic Church?

My sister was baptized Catholic as a child, and has done her communion and confirmation under the Catholic Church.  However, she has baptized her own son under the Christian Orthodox Church.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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This is a good question. I think answers will differ based on priest or pastor. To imagine that churches are monolithic in practice and belief is not true. Just like any other organization, there are conservatives and liberals and people who fall in between. So, the best thing is to go to the church where you go and ask the priest. He may say yes, but even if he says no, you can ask him to reconsider, in view of the many different views out there. I suspect that if he is moderate, then he will go ahead and allow this.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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First, congratulations on the baptism of your child!  This is certainly a reason to celebrate!!! As long as you are speaking of the Roman Catholic Church, then the answer to your question according to The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church is "yes."  This is if, and only if, the Godfather of your child is a practicing Roman Catholic and if both godparents agree to raise the child in the Roman Catholic faith should anything happen to you.

However, I should warn you that a Catholic priest can be as opinionated as the next person.  Some priests refuse to do things that the Church allows, . . . but that they object to personally.  Case in point:  although my husband has since converted to Roman Catholicism, he was Methodist when I married him.  Although the Roman Catholic Church said it was totally fine to have the Eucharist at the Mass celebrating our marriage, the priest flat-out said "no" because both parties weren't Roman Catholic.  Solution:  we had a good friend of ours (a Roman Catholic priest from another parish) perform the rite.

God bless you as you begin to raise your child in the midst of great faith!  : )  [In understanding the sincerity of your question, I find it incredibly ironic that you chose to post your question in The Baptism group!  This is simply because this one-act play is usually considered quite controversial due to its intensely adult subject matter!]

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meichen | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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In some cases, the church only ask that one godparent be a practicing Roman Catholic.  I agree with Readerofthebook, It can also depend on the priest and local church council.  Call your rectory for more information.

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