Can divorced individuals become godparents or sponsors for baptism and confirmation?


Full Question

Can divorced individuals become godparents or sponsors for baptism and confirmation?

Answer

If the person in question is living a life in keeping with the Church’s expectations for someone in that situation, yes.

On the other hand, if the person does not have a Church annulment and is in a romantic relationship or has attempted remarriage outside the Church, then that person is not living "a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken [i.e., baptismal or confirmation sponsor]," as required by canon law (CIC 874), and so another candidate for the role should be chosen.


Michelle Arnold