Why does the Catholic Church have rules and then priests blatantly disregard the rules?
A friend of mine was married in the CAtholic Church but he never goes to Mass and neither does his wife.
Now he is going to be a Catholic god-parent but he does not fulfill the god-parent requirements.
I think one of the reasons the Catholic Church is viewed so poorly by a great majority of people is that there are a lot of “Catholics” who know nothing of the faith, never go to Mass and then participate in sacraments like marriage and baptism when the priests and the world at large KNOW that the person is not even nominally Catholic. Their lifestyle is TOTALLY and UNEQUIVOACALLY secular yet they get married in the Church. This gives Catholicisim a bad name.
It seems that people think they are Catholic if they are baptized as an infant, regardless of whether they attend Mass, etc.
It makes me mad and sad at the same time.