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Old Feb 2, '05, 7:43 am
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I am a non0Catholic, who is godfather to my neice. What do I do? Is there protocol, gifts, ect....? No one gave me an "instruction manual"!
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Old Feb 2, '05, 7:55 am
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http://www.americancatholic.org/News.../CU/ac0497.asp

Check out this website. I think your question will be answered. As a non-Catholic,but hopefully a Christian you, technically by canon law standards you are really a Christian witness but your role is important too. Please read this wonderful text.

Also as a godfather, you have no legal responsibilities if the parent dies. That must be stated in a legal document particularly a will.
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Old Feb 2, '05, 7:59 am
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The Catholic Church's Code of Canon Law, which is sort of an "instruction manual" in a way, states that "A sponsor [godparent]...helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it." In other words, it your responsibility to set a good example.

I'm assuming your niece is Catholic, which presents an interesting situation. A non-Catholic is not supposed to be a baptismal sponsor for a Catholic child because one of the duties of the sponsor is to help raise them (insofar as they have the opportunity) in the Faith. I don't know if this means that you are therefore not a sponsor in the eyes of the Church. Someone more knowledgable than me will need to answer that question. You may wish to post it in the "Ask An Apologist" section.
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Old Feb 2, '05, 8:03 am
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PS....Most parishes provide Baptismal prep instruction. If you can attend one. It will be worth your while if you are serious in your intention to be a good Christian witness to your godchild.
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The Godfather, also known as the "Boss" and
Don" (in Italian), is responsible for the overall effective management and security of that family's territory, and interacts with the other Don's in council meetings to discuss new business and settle interfamily disputes.
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The Godfather, also known as the "Boss" and
Don" (in Italian), is responsible for the overall effective management and security of that family's territory, and interacts with the other Don's in council meetings to discuss new business and settle interfamily disputes.
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I am a non0Catholic, who is godfather to my neice. What do I do? Is there protocol, gifts, ect....? No one gave me an "instruction manual"!
1) LOVE HER and teach her about the love of Christ.

2) Slip her a dollar everytime you see her.
3) Spoil her rotten ...
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The Godfather, also known as the "Boss" and
Don" (in Italian), is responsible for the overall effective management and security of that family's territory, and interacts with the other Don's in council meetings to discuss new business and settle interfamily disputes.
In other words, your responsibility is to make 'em an offer they can't refuse.

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