From a reader…
A friend who was baptized, confirmed and received Holy Communion as an infant in the Armenian Apostolic Church regularly assists and receives Holy Communion at Mass, in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite.
She has been asked to be the godmother for a Catholic baby, and a protestant friend is wanted as a “witness” in lieu of a godfather.
(This may be less than ideal. Nevertheless, she might be one of the only people in the parents’ life who goes to Mass regularly.)
Nevertheless, can one seek a dispensation, or is there some provision that would allow for such an arrangement?
This requires a dispensation.
According to the Directory for the Application of Principles and Norms on Ecumenism 98, a member of an Orthodox or Oriental Church may serve as a godparent, but only if there is a Catholic godparent of the opposite sex. A dispensation from this norm should be sought.
As a friend, I would ask this Armenian Apostolic woman why, if she regularly assists at the Catholic Mass and receives Holy Communion (which she is able to do because of can. 844), does she not take the plunge and become an Armenian Catholic?
Perhaps she would be moved by an invitation.
Never underestimate the power of an invitation.