Here is a question from e-mail, useful for people and priests alike:
Dear Fr. Z.,
We are expecting our 6th baby in August and I asked our "Sunday" priest if he would come up to do the baptism at our local parish. He said he would. So, this morning I went and asked our local priest (brand new pastor here) if it would be OK with him. He said since the Baptism would be in the old rite, he would have to check with the diocese to see if it would be OK.
Is that required for a Baptism?
He went on and on about how he could not just choose to say the Latin Mass because of uniformity. I asked if that was really the case since the Pope had given permission to priests last year. I am just curious if that is the case. He is an Indian priest and sometimes with the language and cultural barrier, I wonder if we don’t understand eachother too well.
First, kudos. Have more babies.
Second, you are not asking for Mass. You are asking for a Baptism.
Third, a pastor of a parish can use the old Rituale Romanum whenever he considers it opportune (in other words all the time). He does NOT need permission. And he can let any visiting priest (or his assistant) use the old rites also. No problem.
Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum says:
Art. 9, § 1. Similarly, a pastor, everything having been well though out, can grant permission for using the older Ritual administrate of the sacraments of Baptism, Matrimony, Penance and Annointing of the Sick, as the good of souls suggests.
So, a pastor can allow another priest to use the older Ritual and he can use it, obviously, himself.
No permission is needed from anyone but the pastor himself.
I would recommend against calling the chancery on this, to avoid getting some half-informed bloke ignorantly opining incorrectly or perhaps knowingly trying to confuse the issue with misinformation.
Best wishes and congratulations.