[quote="onjac, post:17, topic:276233"]
Okay, I didn't want to bump this thread up. I was able to get a proxy and my aunt to act as my sponsor. But I have another question.
So apparently, the Sister (whom I've been taking private RCIA lessons with) says that she just talked to the Bishop and he says that it's okay to have a parent as a sponsor. I'm not going to try and contradict her if she talked to the Bishop about it.
If that's the case, how does Canon Law work? (I only have a basic idea of the Church hierarchy system)
If the bishop said that, he may not have understood what she was asking.
When you're going through RCIA you're supposed to have a sponsor. That may be a parent -- or it may be a stranger who's part of a pool of parish volunteers who do this on a regular basis.
But at the Rite of Election, the godparent(s), chosen by the catechumen, takes over. Sometimes the catechumen will opt to have his sponsor also be his godparent so the sponsor assumes that role and nothing changes. However, since ones parents cannot be ones godparent, if your sponsor is one of your parents then you'd have to get a different godparent.
It's confusing because Canon Law doesn't use the term 'godparent', it uses the word 'sponsor'. And the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults uses both terms to refer to two different roles.
I'll quote the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, article 10 & 11 in the Canadian edition (the article numbers vary by country):
*]10. A sponsor accompanies any candidate seeking admission as a catechumen. Sponsors are persons who have known and assisted the candidates and stand as witnesses to the cadidates' moral character, faith, and intention. It may happen that it is not the sponsor for the rite of acceptance and the period of the catechumenate but another person who serves as godparent for the periods of purification and enlightenment and of mystagogy.
*]11. Their godparents (for each a godmother or godfather, or both) accompany the candidates on the day of election, at the celebration of the sacraments of initiation, and during the period of mystegogy. Godparents are persons chosen by the candidates on the basis of example, good qualities and friendship, delegated by the local Christian community, and approved by the priest. It is the responsibility of the godparents to show the candidates how to practice the Gospel in personal and social life, to sustain the candidates in moments of hesitancy and anxiety, to bear witness, and to guide the candidates' progress int eh baptismal life. Chose before the candidates' election, godparents fulfill this office publicly from the day of the rite of election, when they give testimony to the community about the candidates. They continue to be important during the time after reception of the sacrements when the neophytes need to be assisted so that they remain true to their baptismal promises.