This evening I met with the priest who is temporarily looking after our parish while Fr. is on holidays to brief him on tomorrow’s Baptism. Something he said really surprised me.
My parish is the only Catholic parish in town. Twenty six miles away is a reserve with its own parish. It’s their administrator who is looking after my parish. A couple of hundred miles away is another reserve with its own priest.
The parents of the baby to be baptized are an Indigenous couple living in our town. He is originally from the distant reserve and she’s originally from the closer reserve. Father suggested that to baptize the baby he needs the permission of the priest from the reserve where the father is from because according to Canon Law he doesn’t become a member of our parish until he’s been living here at least a year. That seemed wrong but I wasn’t going to argue with him.
When I said, “I’ve moved many times in my lifetime and always considered myself a member of the parish where I was living, not of the parish that I left,” his reply was, “Yes but as a a a good Catholic you informed the priest that you were now living there and he did the necessary paperwork.” What???
I never informed a priest that I was a new parishioner. It’s only in this parish that “registration” was ever brought up. The priests usually figured it out when I started volunteering for things like reading and parish council.
Has anyone ever heard this before?