Can a pastor kick a parishioner out of the parish?


#1

Can a pastor tell a parishioner that he or she is no longer a member of that parish?


#2

Without knowing any of the circumstances surrounding the situation, I couldn’t say. However, a parishioner who felt that he or she was being treated unfairly could take the case to the bishop for mediation. If a satisfactory settlement could not be reached, such a parishioner should contact the St. Joseph Foundation, an apostolate that helps Catholics defend their rights within the Church, for further assistance.


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