From a priest:
I am a priest almost 3 yrs ordained last year I was asked to officiate at a wedding which was to be conducted according to the 1962 missal. The PP would not allow the wedding to go ahead unless I had the bishops permission to do so. What is the deal here re: Summorum? Doesn’t the PP grant permission? It seemed that the PP didn’t want to step on the bishop’s toes and abdicated responsibility. I wrote to the Vicar General who “gave” me “permission” for a once off celebration. All in all it still seems like we are working under Ecclesia Dei.
It is amazing how many people who had no interest in implementing Ecclesia Dei adflicta when it was in force, are now eager to enforce it now that Summorum Pontificum superseded it.
The P.P. (parish priest, pastor) there has the right to allow priests to perform weddings at his parish. He can and should permit them also in the Extraordinary Form. In Summorum Pontificum 5 § 3 he is urged to do so in rather direct language.
The pastor really ought to let visiting priests do marriages under normal circumstances, but he doesn’t have to. If the pastor wishes he can ask a visiting priest to arm-wrestle, walk on coals, or fetch from its cave on the mountain by the sea the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch to prove his worthiness. All of these are stupid ideas, of course. Unless there are some circumstances none of us understand in the background, so is asking the bishop for permission. He wouldn’t do so for an wedding in the Ordinary Form. It is entirely unnecessary. The parish priest makes these decisions without bothering the bishop. As a matter of fact, the bishop would get annoyed rather swiftly were priests to badger him constantly about visiting priests and weddings.
Of course a diocese might have particular law about any priest from outside doing anything. That must be taken into consideration. But in general a visiting priest for a wedding is a routine matter and a double standard shouldn’t be applied simply because it is Extraordinary Form. A double standard is not to be applied: that’s the point of Summorum Pontificum.
Remember: to use the Extraordinary Form for a marriage, according to the provisions of Summorum Pontificum, no permission from the bishop is necessary. And the Motu Proprio is entirely silent about the Vicar General.
That said, I will repeat… there may be circumstances at work in that parish that we don’t know about. In that case consultation with the bishop could be a good idea. But under normal circumstances, no permission is necessary.
Summorurum Pontificum says:
5 § 3. Let the pastor permit to the faithful or priests requesting it, celebrations in this extraordinary form also in particular circumstances as are marriages, funerals, or celebratory occasions, for example, pilgrimages.