[quote=gomer tree]In the reverse situation, I believe that a non-Catholic cannot actually be a child’s sponsor, but may be a witness. At least one Catholic sponsor is required. (The witness takes part in the ceremony just like the sponsor does.)
The reason is simple. The Godparents need to promise that they are going to encourage and be an example of the child in the Catholic faith. While I think we wouold all recognize that many of our Protestant brothers and sisters are wonderful Christians, it simply doesn’t make sense to have a Godparent who doesn’t accept the Eucharist for what it is, or other important Catholic teachings.
I agree with what you said. So, it isn’t against the rules, it’s just a matter of the terminology (‘witness’ versus Godparent), correct?
I don’t think I’ll make that distinction obvious to her, but I would agree that it is NOT my intent to have her push any Lutheran teachings upon my child (I very much doubt that anyhow).
I would like to say that it’s very difficult, sadly, to find any practicing Catholics, even within our two families that would fit the role. My husband’s family is Catholic in name only. His one brother is an Evangelical, and the rest either attend Protestant churches now or do not have an inkling what the Catholic Church teaches in regards to anything, let alone the Eucharist. My brothers were both chosen as Godfathers, because they are good, practicing Catholics. That leaves little choice. I cannot think of anyone who is an orthodox-style, practicing Catholic for Godmother. So, I chose my best friend, who, under the circumstances, is a good Christian, and a practicing Lutheran. Perhaps it’s not the perfect scenario, and indicates that things are very much in a bad way when you can’t find any good Catholic candidates!!!