GN DAL00306.160 Baptismal Certificates from Santa Fe Archdiocese
See GN 00306.160
A Santa Fe Archdiocese baptismal certificate cannot be used as evidence of paternity
to establish relationship for an illegitimate child. Any previous precedent authorizing
use of a Santa Fe Archdiocese baptismal certificate for this purpose should be destroyed.
The Santa Fe District Office has established that Catholic churches in the Diocese
rarely, if ever, follow the Diocesan policy which requires the father to admit paternity
in a notarized statement, in the presence of two qualified witnesses, in order to
be shown as the father on the baptismal certificate.
For instance, baptismal certificates showing the father's name have been issued to
illegitimate children after the father's death. Most priests simply ask the parent
present at the baptismal ceremony whose names to show on the certificate.