Does the Church Allow “Parish Shopping”? (The Cale Clarke Show)

Do you go to a parish that’s far from your home? 

In a recent episode of The Cale Clarke Show, the spotlight was on Pope Francis and his nod to “parish shopping.” That’s right, —swapping your local parish for another might just have the papal thumbs up! 😲 Get the whole episode here.

Cale dives into this topic, initiated by a piece from Father Raymond D’Souza. The Holy Father made a comment that’s stirring the Catholic pot: If you don’t feel comfortable at your local parish, it’s okay to look elsewhere. Pope Francis said that he doesn’t want you to flee from the Catholic Church, though!

Canon law usually ties you to your local parish geographically, but today’s Catholics are looking for parishes not just based on location but on Mass schedules, community, and yes, even the type of Mass that feels like home. Whether it’s traditional Latin Mass or a more contemporary service, the Church has many different varieties to offer.

Listeners like Jodi from Las Vegas and Osvaldo from San Antonio shared their stories, highlighting personal preferences and life situations that guide their parish choices, from seeking a quieter, Gregorian chant-filled experience to sticking with a community that feels like family.

And the Vatican? They’ve acknowledged this, suggesting that the Church’s reach extends beyond mere geography—it’s about community, service, and shared traditions.

So, if you’re feeling guilty about not attending your designated parish, relax a bit. It’s not a sin to explore other parishes. Pope Francis and even the Vatican seem to suggest that finding your spiritual home might sometimes mean looking beyond your backyard. 🌍💒

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.