Our priest has recently refused to permit a man to be godfather to a baby on the specific grounds that he is co-habiting with the woman to whom he is engaged. He has explained his decision by saying that the scandalous example of his life prevents him from carrying out the duties of a godparent. Other priests disagree and have offered to do the baptism in their parishes with this man acting as godfather.
Where pastors disagree among themselves it is difficult for people to see what is right and wrong. Can someone please give me a clear answer to this question: under ordinary circumstances can a Catholic co-habitee act as godparent at a Catholic baptism?
Thanks to any who can help.