I am an American citizen currently living in Hanoi, Vietnam. I was married in a civil wedding to another Catholic in January of this year. We are now trying to get our marriage convalidated in the Catholic Church but have hit a snag.
Our parish priest here has requested that our baptismal and confirmation certificates for marriage purposes be sent directly to him. My parish has already done so but my wifes has not. We finally found out today that her parish wants someone to physically pick up a copy and pay for it. But this is not possible as her parish is in the Philippines.
I thought the parish had to send the documents directly to the priest so as to prohibit tampering. I would ask the priest to help us but he is on vacation until August and he is the only English speaking priest here in Hanoi.
Is there Canon Law that I can quote to the parish to get them to send the documents? Or does anyone have any other suggestions?