I attended a Confirmation yesterday, and I noticed two things that made me doubtful. Firstly, the fact that some of the girls being confirmed had two godfathers, or two godmothers, while I had been told in my own Confirmation I could have either one, or one of each gender, and they couldn’t be my parents. Would you clarify this point?
Thank you for you time, and pardon my english, it isn’t my first language!
Can. 892 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law simply speaks of one sponsor for confirmation and states that the sponsor must fulfill the conditions mentioned for godparents in can. 874.
While having more than one sponsor for confirmation is not forbidden by law, it is not foreseen. Therefore, it could be a legitimate “praeter legem” custom that has been developed, or is in the process of developing.
Since only one sponsor is required, canon law makes no provision for a second sponsor being of the opposite sex of the first sponsor.
However, it seems a good idea to permit this in an age where the complementarity of men and women is under attack! It sends a wrong signal to forbid “same sex godparents” at baptism, but to allow same sex sponsors at confirmation. Still, there is no law forbidding it. We cannot place burdens on the faithful that the law does not impose.
That said, we must admit that all sorts of silly things are legal!