Priest as God Parent


#1

Anyone ever ask a Priest to be a God Parent? We are considering our friend Ft Ted to be our daughters God Father. His name keeps coming up to us.

Thanks Eric


#2

Is he the Father of the parish you attend…IOW, is he YOUR priest?


#3

My friends’ chose a priest to be godfather to their daughter…


#4

my brothers life long best friend and our neighbor growing up became a priest 6 years ago and he is the God father to my brothers daughter and he was also best man at my brothers wedding, they talk weekly and bought a ice house together for ice fishing in winter. :slight_smile:
I say ask, if he is not comfortable he’ll say as much. :slight_smile:


#5

[quote=EricCKS]Anyone ever ask a Priest to be a God Parent? We are considering our friend Ft Ted to be our daughters God Father. His name keeps coming up to us.

Thanks Eric
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Sure, my friend’s uncle is a priest and her godfather.


#6

I think you should ask. We have a dear friend who is a priest. He is godfather to his nephew and a host of others; however I am not sure how comfortable he and other priests are with this as they have so many commitments and should anything happen to you, he may not be able to take the child as traditionally godparents do.

I would just ask :o) He could always perform the ceremony and that would be special.


#7

[quote=PCR99]I think you should ask. We have a dear friend who is a priest. He is godfather to his nephew and a host of others; however I am not sure how comfortable he and other priests are with this as they have so many commitments and should anything happen to you, he may not be able to take the child as traditionally godparents do.

I would just ask :o) He could always perform the ceremony and that would be special.
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Godparents don’t take the child if something were to happen to the parents. They are responsible to see that the child is brought up as Catholic, if this is not done by the parents. A godparent has the duty of looking upon the baptized person as his spiritual child, of providing for him, when neccesary, the proper religious education, and of guarding him spiritually, even when he is grown.

That is why parents should only ask someone to be a godparent who practices their faith. Too many people pick godparents for reasons that are not spiritual.


#8

We asked our good friend to be the Godfather of our daughter. He was a Deacon at the time and he asked permission of the Diocese to see if it is okay. According to him you can be a Godparent if you are a Deacon, but once you become a priest it is not allowed.

Luckily we made it in time and he is the Godfather of one of our kiddos.

I don’t know if this is a standard rule, but our experience.


#9

Both my daughters have the same godfather, and he is a priest. I come from a Catholic family of mostly women. My husband has alot of men in his family, but none are Catholic (he’s the only one that converted). He’s godfather to two or three other kids as well as our two. He knows the faith and practices it, that’s what we want in a godparent!

A priest can be a godfather and be a guardian as well. Maybe it depends on the diocese and the situation. I know that JRR Tolkien’s guardian was a priest, responsible for him and his brother after their mother died.


#10

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