We are planning our daughter’s baptism next month and would appreciate your guidance regarding an issue that has arisen.
Our parish does group baptisms twice a month outside of Mass. While our pastor was willing to do an EF form baptism when we were the only baptism scheduled, there are now five baptisms scheduled for that day, and the pastor has stated that the OF will be performed for all of them.
Do we have a canonical right to have the baptism celebrated in the EF?
You don’t have a canonical “right” to have a Traditional Form baptism for your child.
You do, however, have a right to ask for it, and you have a right to have your request heard respectfully.
Were I a parent as you are I would also want my children baptized with the older rite. However, I would not worry for a second about the validity of the baptism of children who were baptized with the Ordinary Form.
There are a couple pluses here.
First, the priest will willing to do an Extraordinary Form baptism! Second, he intended to to it when there was only one child.
Solution: Why not make an appointment with Father for a private baptism?
Surely Father would be willing to do this for you, even though baptisms are scheduled for a couple times a month.
Make an appointment and then be generous to the priest.
I’ll tell you what… I would rather have several privately scheduled baptisms of single infants anytime rather than a big group of people with multiple babies in various stages of discontent. Of course there are the cases of twins, triplets, etc… but you get my drift… and I am digressing.