I am new to this website and I have a question if someone could help me please. I was baptised Catholic as a baby and have gone to church frequently throughout my life. I have 5yr old daughter whom I baptised Catholic. My brother is her god-father and my sister-in-law is her god-mother.
I now have another little girl whom I am Baptising Catholic in March. I have a god-mother whom has excepted the responsibility but I do not have a god-father. I take this task to choose gad-parents very seriously and we do not have any more males in the family to ask to be a god-father. My question is, can I have my brother be god-father again? or can I simply not have a god-father at all?
Yes and Yes (just make sure you feel the God-Mother would fulfill her responsibilities correctly)
FYI, here is what Canon Law says:
Can. 872 In so far as possible, a person being baptized is to be assigned a sponsor. In the case of an adult baptism, the sponsor’s role is to assist the person in Christian initiation. **In the case of an infant baptism, the role is together with the parents to present the child for baptism, and to help it to live a Christian life befitting the baptized and faithfully to fulfill the duties inherent in baptism. **
Can. 873 **One sponsor, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be two, one of each sex. **
Can. 874 ß1 To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:
1ƒ be appointed by the candidate for baptism, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it;
2ƒ be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made;
3ƒ be a catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;
4ƒ not labor under a canonical penalty, whether imposed or declared;
5ƒ not be either the father or the mother of the person to be baptized.
ß2 A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only in company with a catholic sponsor, and then simply as a witness to the baptism.