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Q. 1. I have a brother who was baptised, confirmed, and did his First Communion in the Catholic Church. I would like him to be the Godfather of my newly born son. The priest said my brother does not qualify because he does not go to Mass on Sunday. What difference does that make? He meets the three requirements of being a Godparent.

A. 1. My dear child, there are more than three requirements to qualify as a Godparent. Canon Law # 874.1.3 says that the candidate must "be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;"

If your brother does not practice his faith as a good Catholic, how can he be a good example to your son when he is growing up? He cannot be one! You need a person who will support you in the upbringing of your child on matters of the Catholic faith, someone who will encourage your son to go to Church on Sunday and holy days, someone who will encourage your son to receive the Sacraments on a regular basis. That is what the role of the godparent is all about. I am sorry, but I must agree with the parish priest, your brother does not qualify as a Godfather. But it is never too late for future babies who will be born in the family should your brother decide to change his life around and start practicing his faith as is expected of every good Catholic.

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