My husband is being asked to be the Godfather for his niece. His brother was raised Catholic, as was my husband. He says he is still Catholic, but does not attend church. The baby is going to be baptized Presbyterian in a church they joined in order to be allowed to get her baptised. The mother has attended services there a few times. The wedding was also Presbyterian and my brother-in-law did not think it important to get it blesses by the Catholic church. So I see no chance of him giving his baby any form of Catholic upbringing.
We both don’t know exactly how to react to this. Should he accept being the godfather? And if so, try to give her Catholic gifts and Catholic teaching and at least some form of Catholic influence? I was sort of willing to let them be – I was planning a christian gift… But if they are going to ask my husband to be Godfather, I almost see it as an opening for him to go ahead and have a greater spiritual influence. And any influence from him is without a doubt going to be Catholic. Now I have in mind a piece of art for her room with immaculate heart of mary and sacred heart of jesus…
We are also uneasy about bringing the kids to the ceremony. Our kids are 6, 4, 2 and 8 mo. Not sure if it is age appropriate to expose them to different beliefs. I think the oldest at least will become very concerned to realize that his aunt and uncle (and cousin) are not Catholic.
Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks