Q. 1. I heard that it is the responsibility of the parent to choose the Godparent. At the same time, I also heard that the priest can reject the choice of the parent. Is that true?
A. 1. The parents of a child to be baptized have the Christian obligation to choose Godparent(s) that are sincere in their lifetime commitment. While the parents choose the Godparent(s), the Church has the final say when it comes to assessing the suitability of a chosen Godparent. In a case where the Church determines that a candidate is not suitable for Godparent, the parents must choose another person(s) who meets the requirements that have been established by the Catholic Church.
The choosing of a Godparent is not the responsibility of the young child. Considering all the conditions that apply, it is impossible for a young child to know which relatives or friends qualify or do not qualify as Godparents. It is not uncommon to hear that parents have left their children to choose a relative that they loved, only to learn that the chosen relative was disqualified by the Church. To ensure that the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation are a time of joy rather than a time of tears, parents should fulfill their responsibilities as expected by the Church. To pass on the responsibility of such a task to a child is not realistic.