Do godparents have to be married in the Catholic Church?



I’m a little confused as to the requirements of being godparents? The parish that I live in claims that if the proposed godparent is married, they have to have been married by the Church. However, the parish that my sister lives in claims that they have never heard of such a restriction. Who is right?



Of course, they do. To be a godparent one must be a practicing Catholic in good standing. How is a godparent going to have a good Catholic influence on the godchild without being a good example of what it means to be a Catholic? For a Catholic to be in an invalid marriage is to be living in the state of mortal sin–if he or she is having sexual relations.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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