I recently started a job working for a parish, and part of that job is taking care of the sacramental records. This time of the year, with First Communions and Confirmations coming up, we get many requests for baptismal records.
I am running into a problem that looks as though it will be recurring: The priest who was pastor here several years ago apparently was rather lax about allowing non-Catholics to be listed as godparents and also, it seems, about allowing multiple people to become godparents. In several places in our Baptismal Register, a child is listed as with 3 or 4 sponsors (e.g. two married couples, or a married couple and a single person).
What do I do when attempting to issue baptismal certificates for these problematic records? How do I know which people to list as the sponsors? I do plan to ask our current priest (who is out of town at the moment) how he wants to handle this; but in the meantime, I am curious if anyone else has run into this problem or knows the "correct" way to deal with it.