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1. Historical Development

Research into the ecclesial role of godparents has revealed many different legal, social, liturgical, pastoral, and educational dimensions of the practice. Little, however, has as yet been done regarding many sociological and popular religious aspects (Piety: Social History). Borrowing from non-Christian practice, the church used godparents (Lat. sponsor, patrinus, Ger. Vadder, It. padrino, Sp. compadre) as early as the second century to vouch for adu…

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Heimbrock, Hans-Günter, “Godparent”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_G166>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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