From a reader:
If one has been a particular parish for 40 odd years and now just because he has moved to a new place, bought a house and so comes under the jurisdiction of another parish, wants to continue coming to old parish and fulfill all obligation of providing support to church etc. Can he be stopped by the old parish priest to continue the membership?
“Membership” in a parish is a matter determined by law, not by the wishes of individuals.
Membership in a parish is determined by domicile, or by membership in a particular group for which a personal parish is established (ethnic parishes, college parishes, etc.).
One is not required to attend one’s territorial parish, and ordinarily, one cannot be prohibited from attending another parish, unless there is some sort of a penal precept involved. Or… now that I think of it, you have been a complete jerk and there is a court order against prohibiting you from going there.
Remember, regular attendance does not equate to membership. Regular attendance does not give one the rights of a member (burial from that parish, inclusion in the intentions of the Missa pro populo or other spiritual benefits, right to have one’s marriage solemnized there…).