No. A non-Catholic
cannot be a godparent for a Catholic. Canon Law lists the following as a
requirement for being a godparent (sponsor)...
"[B]e a Catholic
who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the
Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken
on" (1983 Code of Canon Law, Can. 874 §1.3)
godparents undertake "a certain responsibility for the [Catholic] faith of such
person... [Their duties] are to take a permanent interest in the spiritual
welfare of their godchildren and, if necessary, to undertake their [Catholic]
religious education as far as they are able." (Catholic Dictionary) Furthermore,
godparents are supposed to provide a good example of the CATHOLIC faith to their
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who are not Catholics cannot be sponsors for Catholic children, because they
cannot perform the duties of sponsors; for if they do not know and profess the
Catholic religion themselves, how can they teach it to their godchildren?
Moreover, they must answer the questions asked at baptism and declare that they
believe in the Holy Catholic Church and in all it teaches; which would be a
falsehood on their part." (Baltimore Catechism)
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