Q. 1. My nephew does not want to be confirmed. My sister, his mother, said that he had no choice in the matter. He must attend the Church service to receive the Sacrament. What is the Catholic Church position on this matter?
A. 1. If a child is unwilling to be confirmed, therefore lacking the proper disposition to receive the Sacrament, he cannot lawfully receive confirmation.
Canon law states,
"Apart from the danger of death, to receive confirmation lawfully a person who has the use of reason must be suitably instructed, properly disposed, and able to renew the baptismal promises." [Code of Canon Law # 889]