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How did the tradition of godparents come to be?

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Alisa Liddle
I do not know the official origin of the godparent tradition. However, having married into a Mexican family that is deeply rooted in tradition I have asked many questions on this topic and have discovered different views on the topic. This has expanded my understanding of the roll a godparent can take across cultures. The similarities are that godparents or padrinos act as advisers, benefactors and friends.

Before joining this family, it was my understanding that the parents of a newborn child would ask a couple to be godparents. In this roll they would be substitute parents, providing physical and spiritual needs in the parent’s absence and the official act solidifying a couple as godparents is at the baptism. However In my husband’s family and in many Mexican families you select godparents not only at birth for religious reasons but could also select godparents in adulthood for both religious and secular events.
by Alisa Liddle
May 11th, 2010
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Alisa Liddle
Meaning… you could be honored with being asked to be a godparent for liquor, flowers or the cake… for a wedding, quinceanera or graduation. This altered my view from a more religious and planning aspect to one that is more social. This does not actually answer your question..but is what I have found to be an interesting twist on my understanding of the expectations when being asked to be a godparent.
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During the first four centuries, the Catholic Church was under intense persecution by the Roman Empire. To avoid persecution and the infiltration of pagans into the Church, every person who was received into the Church was required to have a sponsor.

During the first centuries, emphasis was placed on the baptism of adults. That all changed with the Council of Trent, (1545 - 1563)

In harmony with this new Decree and in consideration of the inability of an infant to speak for himself, more than ever, it became necessary to appoint a godparent who would make the Profession of Faith in the child's name. This same person would also be responsible for instructing the child in the faith, especially if the parents failed in their parental duty. I found this information on at the following website.For more details see link to Catholicdoors.com

catholicdoors.com/courses/godpar.htm
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May 13th, 2010
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