Priest as Godparent?
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Present Canon Law is not explicit, but the former law was very clear that a professed religious or cleric in major Orders is not permitted to become a Godparent unless he first obtains the permission of his Ordinary or Superior. (1917 CIC, Can. 766)

You may ask the priest, but this is not ideal, even if present law does not explicitly forbid it. A Godparent incurs grave responsibilities toward the candidate he sponsors, and such a situation creates a major burden and potential conflict of interest for a priest.

A religious, due to the vows that he takes, is not permitted to become a Godparent except in some extreme necessity, so his inability is not by law, but by profession.

I would recommend, instead, that you choose an appropriate layman (friend, relative, or even a parishioner who is a generally good Catholic). This is a better solution for all involved.
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Priest as Godparent? - by Fatima 3 - 04-12-2010, 10:46 PM
Re: Priest as Godparent? - by Jesse - 04-12-2010, 10:52 PM
Re: Priest as Godparent? - by Christopher - 04-12-2010, 11:06 PM
Re: Priest as Godparent? - by MagisterMusicae - 04-13-2010, 12:15 AM
Re: Priest as Godparent? - by The_Harlequin_King - 04-13-2010, 01:17 AM



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