I have a friend I work with that was surprised to hear that a confirmation or baptism sponsor must be a practicing catholic and as a result must be current member of a parish. I told her I thought that was correct and this was not new to me. She was told that this is a new requirement as of the early 1980’s & prior to that there were no requirements for being a confirmation or baptism sponsor. Does anyone know about the validity of this? Or explain the requirements for being a baptism or confirmation sponsor.