My daughter will be born very soon, and my wife and I are making preliminary preparations for her baptism. We would like to have her baptized according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite of Baptism. In reviewing the text of the rite, we had some theological questions about the rite, specifically about why and how the sponsors (godparents) answer certain questions of faith and consent on behalf of the child being baptized.
Now, I already understand the historical reasons behind this - that the rite for children grew out of the rite of baptism for adults. But what I do not understand is how theologically the godparents (and I’m assuming they are speaking on behalf of the parents and the whole community/local church) can speak on the behalf of the child. The closest answer I could come up with through reading on the internet is that the “Church supplies the Faith”, but I’m not sure what that means, exactly. I have a feeling that I’m not distinguishing properly between “Faith” (capital F, as in the “THE Faith”) and “belief”. I also read somewhere that the answers of the Godparents are in anticipation of the raising of the child in the Faith, but I’m not sure that covers it.
Any insight would be helpful, and would help us fend off questions from my wife’s protestant family