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#1 keyslover



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Posted 12 November 2015 - 03:18 PM

Hello!     I need assistance from you folks living in Cozumel.        We have been visiting Cozumel since 2010.    
We have become very close to a couple that lives in Cozumel and they recently become parents of a beautiful boy.     They have asked us to be godparents.       The baptism/christening will be at a Catholic Church - what do we need to bring to Cozumel in way of documents?     We are not catholic.      Any guidance is appreciated!       Debby from Tennessee

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#2 El Graduado

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Posted 12 November 2015 - 09:15 PM

Theoretically, according to the Catholic archdiocese, you need to meet the following conditions to be a godparent of a baptism (Padrino del Bautismo):


1. Have been chosen by the parents of the child;

2. Be over 18 and have received the three sacraments in the Catholic Church: Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion;

3. Cannot be a parent of the child;

4. Assist in the pre-baptism consultation with the priest;

5. Be employed in a "moral" profession;

6. Not be affiliated with any anti-clerical political party;

7. Not be "scandalous" in your daily life;

8. Not be associated in the distribution of libelous, blasphemous, or pornographic material;

9.  Believe in the infallibility of the Pope;

10. Be a practicing Catholic.




Here in Cozumel, it is often the objective of the parents of the child being baptized to use the occasion to build or strengthen ties between a "padrino" candidate who they view as powerful, connected, or perhaps able to help the child (or themselves) financially sometime in the future.  It is not, necessarily, a choice made based on who would make the best Catholic spiritual advisor for the child, which was the original point of the whole thing. To this new "materialistic" end, the priests here on the island used to wave many of the above requirements.  I don't know if they still do.  Be aware, however, that the folks employing this old custom in this new way may soon be asking you for some kind of assistance that they would expect you, as a padrino, to give them.

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