I happened to have two of my siblings who were/are getting their children baptized. Neither of them are going good. Unfortunately neither my brother or sister who are getting their children baptized are practicing. Both of them are both ignorant and stubborn on Church teachings. I talk about my brother and the Baptism of his child in this thread
My sister just had her child Baptized today. The situation was almost identical to the one I am having with my brother in that it was a confusion/argument over Godparents/witnesses. My sister had said that she was going to have my cousin be the Godparent(My cousin is fully initiated and is a practicing and orthodox Catholic.). That seemed like a good choice to me but then she also wanted her husband’s(my brother in law) sister to be a Godparent. Well…My husband’s sister is a baptized(not confirmed)non-practicing Catholic. I talked to my sister about this and she said she would have her be a witness then. I then told her that only a non-Catholic Christian can be a witness and all she said was that the priest never said anything about this so obviously it was allowed. Now onto today, I attended the Baptism and not only was my cousin standing in the sanctuary but also my brother-in-law’s sister and one of my sister’s non-confirmed Catholic friends. I don’t know why the priest allowed three people to act as Godparents/witnesses but he did. Then, after the Baptism I looked at the certificate and under the Godparents section it listed my brother-in-laws sister and my sister’s friends as the Godparents. The priest never even knew who the Godparent was supposed to be since my sister never informed him, so he just assumed it was the other two . This leaves me with one question. Does my sister’s child even have any Godparents? The certificate lists two invalid people and doesn’t make mention of who was intended to be the valid Godparent. Is my cousin even the Godparent of my sister’s child? This situation bears way too much similarity to my Brother’s situation and all of this is so stressful and confusing.