5.G.3.3 Sacramental Records Older than 90 Years

1. Particular records older than 90 years may be inspected by an outside party with the permission of the pastor but only under these conditions and without prejudice to #5.G.1.1 Parochial Registers in General, norm 3:

   a. There must be a legitimate reason to inspect them in his judgment, such as historical, demographic, or personal family genealogical research.

   b. The pastor must be present and supervise the inspection personally, or designate a person who has been trained in these norms to do so. There must be sufficient time to allocate to this personal supervision, and it should not be burdensome to normal parish activity.

   c. No materials may be removed from the parish or church office for duplication or other reason. The pastor may arrange for their duplication at the parish or church office and charge a suitable fee for expenses, but he is not obliged to do so.

   d. The records must not suffer damage due to inspection.

   e. The suitable rights of privacy and reputation of living relatives must be protected.

2. The diocesan archivist is to be consulted in doubtful cases.

Date approved by Bishop

Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor