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Does a Godparent's Religion Matter?

Does a Godparent's Religion Matter?

Rumor has it that Tom Cruise may end up playing godfather to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony's twins, Max and Emme Muniz.

While the babies will be raised Catholic like their parents, Tom is a passionate Scientologist.

Would you consider godparents of a different faith for your children?

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nyss07 nyss07 8 years
Roman Catholic Church In the Roman Catholic church, only church members who have undergone Confirmation are accepted as godparents. Someone who belongs to another Christian denomination cannot become a godparent but is known as a Christian Witness, with most of the regular role of a godparent. Non-Christians are not at all eligible to any religious role formalized by the Church. This is based on the view that the godparent-godchild relationship is not something which is just between the persons and God, but a whole-Church event wherein the Holy Spirit dwells. A Godparent prays for the newly baptized, looks after them spiritually and gives them guidance. The Catholic Church sees Baptism as an entry into the Kingdom of God, and entry into the Church. I have been dealing w/this b/c of my husband's family is all Catholic & some of the newly added members are not apart of any church but want to be a God Parent.
nyss07 nyss07 8 years
Roman Catholic ChurchIn the Roman Catholic church, only church members who have undergone Confirmation are accepted as godparents. Someone who belongs to another Christian denomination cannot become a godparent but is known as a Christian Witness, with most of the regular role of a godparent. Non-Christians are not at all eligible to any religious role formalized by the Church. This is based on the view that the godparent-godchild relationship is not something which is just between the persons and God, but a whole-Church event wherein the Holy Spirit dwells.A Godparent prays for the newly baptized, looks after them spiritually and gives them guidance. The Catholic Church sees Baptism as an entry into the Kingdom of God, and entry into the Church.I have been dealing w/this b/c of my husband's family is all Catholic & some of the newly added members are not apart of any church but want to be a God Parent.
crazyana crazyana 8 years
well in the PEOPLE interview Jennifer said that they sure baptized the twins.and they def will be raised CATHOLIC and bilingual!english and spanish. i dont think they will choose TOM as godparent but maybe...they know them well cuz they are frns!
crazyana crazyana 8 years
well in the PEOPLE interview Jennifer said that they sure baptized the twins.and they def will be raised CATHOLIC and bilingual!english and spanish.i dont think they will choose TOM as godparent but maybe...they know them well cuz they are frns!
sfprgirl sfprgirl 8 years
Coming from a religious family with a Christian upbringing, I can understand why people would look for God parents with similar religious views. However, when it comes time for me to choose God parents, I will be looking for someone that can love my child unconditionally, will support them and be a source of spiritual and emotional inspiration. "God" to me, doesn't mean religion. It's a spiritual feeling and I will choose God parents that echo the sentiment.
sfprgirl sfprgirl 8 years
Coming from a religious family with a Christian upbringing, I can understand why people would look for God parents with similar religious views.However, when it comes time for me to choose God parents, I will be looking for someone that can love my child unconditionally, will support them and be a source of spiritual and emotional inspiration."God" to me, doesn't mean religion. It's a spiritual feeling and I will choose God parents that echo the sentiment.
sashak sashak 8 years
In the traditional sence, a god-parent is supposed to guide the child in matters of faith & spirit if the parents are unable to do so. From Wiki: In the Roman Catholic church, only church members who have undergone Confirmation are accepted as godparents. Someone who belongs to another Christian denomination cannot become a godparent but is known as a Christian Witness, with most of the regular role of a godparent. Non-Christians are not at all eligible to any religious role formalized by the Church. That doesn't say anything about just one or both needing to be Catholic, but it sure does count TinyTom out
sashak sashak 8 years
In the traditional sence, a god-parent is supposed to guide the child in matters of faith & spirit if the parents are unable to do so.From Wiki:<i>In the Roman Catholic church, only church members who have undergone Confirmation are accepted as godparents. Someone who belongs to another Christian denomination cannot become a godparent but is known as a Christian Witness, with most of the regular role of a godparent. Non-Christians are not at all eligible to any religious role formalized by the Church.</i>That doesn't say anything about just one or both needing to be Catholic, but it sure does count TinyTom out
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I'm disappointed in the watering down of the term godparent... It seems like it gets thrown around too much and doesn't have much to do with its real meaning, which is to help guide a child on their spiritual journey, not just any tom, dick, or harry who cares about your child.
anniekim anniekim 8 years
I'd think if you are not religious you wouldn't have "god"parents for your child at all. If you are religious then wouldn't you want your kids to gain spiritual guidance from someone who shares your core beliefs? Maybe not exactly the same, but similar.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Aaah the joys of being agnostic...not having to deal with this bs. I think the "godparents" of your children should be people who love you and your family and have a genuine interest in partaking in the well being of your child/children.
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 8 years
I have a feeling JLo is going to come out as a Scientologist at some point so in that case the godfather is from the same cult..I mean religion.
orisugar orisugar 8 years
I don't really see a godparent falling under religion at all. Maybe because I am a non religious person..I don't know. I see a godparent as someone guiding your child, caring for him/her and providing reassurance when need be- and i don't really see religion playing a part in any of those things. But I would hesitate to ask someone to be a godparent if they were super-nutso religious. I wouldn't want that kind of influence on my kid. But a little bit religious is okay.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
I said "other". Each denomination has their own requirements. Some just require a member of the church (committed to bringing the child up Christian), which I suppose could mean the extended church family. People use the term very loosely now anyway.
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 8 years
(Ooops -- didn't mean to capitalize "parents." Sorry; I hate bad grammar.)
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 8 years
"Does a Godparent's Religion Matter?" Only if it matters to the Parents. (Seems like a personal choice to me.) Parents could choose to appoint someone as a guardian over their children's spiritual well-being, while naming another as legal (custodial) guardian in the event of their own deaths. (This is not the most practical choice, but it could work.)
duck-duck-goose duck-duck-goose 8 years
"Does a Godparent's Religion Matter?"Only if it matters to the Parents. (Seems like a personal choice to me.) Parents could choose to appoint someone as a guardian over their children's spiritual well-being, while naming another as legal (custodial) guardian in the event of their own deaths. (This is not the most practical choice, but it could work.)
Greggie Greggie 8 years
"If you are baptizing your child Catholic the godparents have to be Catholic. If it is true that Tom Cruise will be the twins godfather then they must not be baptizing them in the Catholic church." This is untrue. Catholic doctrine states that at least one godparent must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. The others are technically Christian witnesses, but are often referred to as godparents. Certain parishes may require that both godparents be Catholic, which is up to them. But the overall doctrine requires only one. We have three children, all baptised in the Catholic church (or the third will be in two weeks) and none of them have all Catholic godparents. They each have one who is and one (or in the case of my oldest and youngest, two) who are either no religion at all or lapsed Catholics.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
"If you are baptizing your child Catholic the godparents have to be Catholic. If it is true that Tom Cruise will be the twins godfather then they must not be baptizing them in the Catholic church."This is untrue. Catholic doctrine states that at least one godparent must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. The others are technically Christian witnesses, but are often referred to as godparents. Certain parishes may require that both godparents be Catholic, which is up to them. But the overall doctrine requires only one.We have three children, all baptised in the Catholic church (or the third will be in two weeks) and none of them have all Catholic godparents. They each have one who is and one (or in the case of my oldest and youngest, two) who are either no religion at all or lapsed Catholics.
luvhouse07 luvhouse07 8 years
I don't think it matters, as long as the person ISN'T Tom Cruise...
TwistandShout TwistandShout 8 years
Richard Dawkins said "There is no such thing as a Christian child, only a child of Christian parents." It goes the same for every other religion. Nuff said.
TwistandShout TwistandShout 8 years
Richard Dawkins said "There is no such thing as a Christian child, only a child of Christian parents." It goes the same for every other religion.Nuff said.
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