From a priest…
Can a Pastor of a parish forbid a Parochial Vicar from wearing a black chasuble at funerals? I just heard of 2 pastors in [a large NE Archdiocese] who have forbidden their traditional-minded parochial vicars from wearing black at funerals.
Black is an approved color for funerals, Masses for the Dead, in both the Traditional Roman Rite and the Novus Ordo. Permission is not needed to use black, nor can it be forbidden. It is a legitimate option.
That said, the “my house, my rules” state of reality generally applies in parishes and the locum tenens is the pastor. If the pastor is a monumental jerk, he can crucify the assistant in a thousand creative ways. Frankly, assistants (the newfangled “parochial vicar”) have the right to Christian burial and that’s about it.
Furthermore, it may be the expressed desire of the deceased and his family that black be used. In that case, the pastor truly would be a monumental jerk and a real scrub.
What these “pastors” are doing, of course, is ensuring that these men will use black in their own parishes as soon as they get out from under the rigid, narrow-minded oppressors to whom they are presently assigned.