Q: We celebrate baptisms during mass at our parish. Is it alright for our Permanent Deacon to baptize during mass, or should the baptisms be celebrated by the priest-presider?
A: Here’s an answer I gave three years ago, saying it was OK:
But since then I’ve been advised by a canonist that a deacon should obtain permission from the bishop before baptizing at a mass. It would ensure that any potential canonical difficulties would not get in the way.