NZBC, Decree on the Baptism of Adopted Children and its Inscription in the Register of Baptisms, October 1994.


In accordance with the prescriptions of c. 877, §3, the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference decrees that Baptism may not lawfully be administered before adoption has taken place, unless:

(a) there has been a specific request by the natural parent(s) and there is a founded hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic faith; or

(b) there is danger of death.

If the adopting parents are aware that the child was baptised before adoption, they are to ask that the following note be made in the baptismal register: “This child was legally adopted as (name) on (date) at (place) by (names of adopting parents).”

Thereafter the certificate of baptism will carry only the child’s adopted name and the names of the adoptive parents.

Records of Baptism of an adopted child should not include the name(s) of the natural parent(s). In those cases where baptismal records include the name(s) of

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the natural parent(s), any certificate issued for whatever purpose must not disclose this information.




NZBC, October 1994, Gen. Decr.,Code of Canon Law Annotated (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur Limitée, 2004): 1716.