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56. Spiritual Relationship as Impediment

1 & 2. Spiritual relationship is a bond arising, by churchlaw, from the administering and receiving of the sacrament ofbaptism. It exists between the person baptizing and the personbaptized, and also between the sponsors and the person baptized,but not between one sponsor and the other sponsor. It is a dirimentimpediment of marriage.

3. In an older day it was commonly considered that aspiritual relationship could arise from standing sponsor atconfirmation, and even from giving catechetical instructions. Butthe Church has definitely settled the matter, as explainedabove.

4. The spiritual relationship of a godfather to the personbaptized does not pass to his wife so as to make her also aspiritual relative of the person for whom her husband stoodsponsor. The same is to be said of a godmother and her husband.

5. Nor does spiritual relationship pass to the children ofa sponsor.

"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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