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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.

"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"Happy is the youth, because he has time before him to do good. "
St Philip Neri

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