I have found various sources that say the godparent must be either fourteen or sixteen years of age. Then our church just posted guidelines in the bulletin that say the godparent must be seventeen years old.
Does anyone know why there are so many different minimum ages in different places and if there is a definitive minimum age? Or is it just up to the parish?
I had been thinking that the minimum was fourteen years, since I had heard that about a year ago (I think on Catholic Answers Live). We had made plans for our confirmed fifteen- year-old daughter to be the godparent of our new baby coming in September. The associate pastor even had said he thought that sounded like a good idea.
Now it seems as if we may have to find someone else. We don’t know anyone well who is a practicing Catholic. The only person who even comes close is my uncle who lives five hours away and is about seventy years old. It seems odd that we would have to pick a virtual stranger to be a godparent. Any suggestions?