ASK FATHER: Why couldn’t priests and religious be godparents?
From a reader…
Would you please comment on why the tradition (at least the 1917 code) was reluctant to permit clerics and religious to be Godparents? Any comment on it being done under the new code?
GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE – Fr. Tim Ferguson:
Prior to the 1983 Code, a priest could only serve as a godfather in a case of necessity and even then, only with the permission of the bishop.
The role of godparent was traditionally seen not only as an official witness to the baptismal act, but also as someone who would assist the parents in raising the children in the faith