5.G.3.4 Sacramental Records Prior to 1940

1. Records that are prior to 1940, but not yet 90 years old, are not open to inspection by outside parties.

2. However, limited information may be provided to parties who can demonstrate a legitimate interest on the basis of a direct family or legal relationship. In such cases, an authenticated “transcript” of baptismal entries with notations of first communion and confirmation may be provided.

3. Other information is never to be revealed to outside parties without the written permission of the diocesan bishop or his delegate. This includes, for example, any notations of marriage, declarations of invalidity or dissolution of marriage, change of rite, sacred orders, laicization, entrance in a religious institution, dispensation from vows.




Date approved by Bishop


Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor