[quote=TimOliv]I’m not finding anything in canon law with regards to changing a baptismal record.
It is axiomatic that not all law of the Church is contained in the code of canon law. There are also complementary norms, particular law in dioceses, proper law in institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, and in personal prelatures. Certain Roman congregations have their own specific law and norms. They may issue instructions, also often called directories, which specify how the law is to be observed and which themselves have legal weight. There are privileges and legal customs. There are, to stop short of a longer, comprehensive listing, a lot of places to look for law on a given subject.
Similar provisions do exist in the complementary norms of the USCCB regarding baptismal records in the cases of adoption.
While the historical fact cannot be altered, particular law or practice in the diocese* may allow* some notation in this case. The door is open.
- Some* jurisdictions permit the possibility of adding a note in the margin of the record in which it is stated that at the parents’ request and for a suitable reason, the diocesan bishop now permits Mr. X and/or Ms. Y to serve as spiritual guide or sponsors for the child. Souvenir certificates would adjusted to reflect this and the wording is up to what the bishop might want.
At least, the question can be pursued through the parish priest or even the diocesan chancellor, and either of them would know what is permitted in the particular diocese and what can be done. It’s worth a try. You never know.