I recently asked an Apologist a question, which they answered via private message. However, I still have not found a complete answer to my question, which is why I thought to post here as well.
I had originally asked whether Godparents by proxy were acceptable or not. My husband and I currently live in an area where we do not have any Catholic family members, and our Catholic friends are quite limited as well. However, we have several good Catholic families we are close to in my home state. We are looking to choose the godparents for our next little one, and were considering asking two of our friends from the other state. Both would be unable to attend the actual baptism, hence the question of whether a proxy could be used or not.
The second half of my question was, if a proxy is acceptable, do they also need to be practicing Catholics? Or can they merely be a Christian witness?
The apologist gave me the following link that was very helpful:
However, this link doesn’t discuss the criteria for who can be a proxy. Specifically, I am trying to find if the proxy must be Catholic. If they must, then we will have someone from my husband’s Knights council stand in. But if they can be Christian witnesses (non Catholic) then we have very close Lutheran friends who we would prefer to have stand with us.