For your personal file, you are obliged to state your DOB and addresses, and present baptismal information and your Church and all usual information. State your experience and times you assisted in the Church. All this is routine information. On insistence that you obtain a criminal record check, refuse in conscientious objection. State your grounds. If they insist, stand your ground and find yourself a canon lawyer and take it to your Conference of Bishops.
Just a thought on the criminal processes.
It is a sad statement in our generation that such processes are condoned for the purpose of determining past wrongs, perhaps an accepted process in the secular world, but no place in a Church. They reflect a community outside the model of Corinth and the gospels, where the common good also included true forgiveness.
But it is true the issues dig deeper into the heart of Catholicity, it’s substance and courage, and what it truly means. The entity’s, now nations, are larger, have requested God’s permission to be recognized in singular form in order to act out a collective conscience. But God makes it clear he will not dilute his laws, that he will expect the same demands he does on individuals. He insists that it be subject to Church teachings (Mater et Magistra). So we see it is the student who owes the teacher proof of upholding laws and justice, firstly God’s, then civil.
But ever since the event of 2 Cor 2, 6 which addressed unambiguously the responsibility and conduct of collectives in such cases, they have been served notice, where after a sentence is complete, no more restrictions and punitive measures are to be applied. The second message is that the community, after a condign punishment as run it’s course, can only focus on closure.
The important thing to remember now is that communities can sin collectively, and any past offender who has paid his debt can now appeal to a supreme justice which will now back him in such a case. The sinning entity, uncaring in it’s assault to God’s Authority(proven in one case by it’s character to not end capital punishment), is in a state of compounding it’s sinful position. The demands it places on it’s now restored citizens to relive the past in order to determine if an extension of restrictions can be applied, force citizens into a conscientious objection, in that scripture forbids a person to assist an entity carrying out it’s unsanctioned deeds.
In your case I would give standard information as to address and such, but plead conscientious objection on demands that call for you to append yet another contribution to an entity’s weakness in it’s trust in God. You do owe the Church the following written statement,
“I do solemnly swear that if ever there was a case of my being charged in a civil court of law for a crime, that I have paid my debt to society, carried out the sentence to the full, as so proscribed by the judge, who represents the community and victim.”
This is as far as the interest the Church can go on the matter.
Incidentally, before I close. The issue isn’t really the Church’s but the state’s. If the offender is that much of a risk, we pay our justice systems to ensure they are restrained. So the Church itself should launch a protest in society’s behalf. The Church’s job is not to provide mop up for the state.