"I find it hard to believe that you both were not charged for the use of the Church for your wedding. Since it is the custom in my area for the Churches to charge fees."
Well, believe it, I wasn't charged a dime. In fact the subject NEVER came up.
And I think your wrong it's mostly Catholics that play bingo at their church. Well, who gets the money from the Bingo but the Catholic Church of course.
Well, I used to work these bingo games, I come from a small town, I knew most of the people, most were NOT Catholic. less than 1/3 were Catholic in fact. Also, it wasn't the Church that got the money, it was the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Men's organization. The Church has ZERO control on how the KofC spends it's money. (By the way, we give the money to charities to Pro-Lie Organizations, The Special Olympics, Hostpitals, etc etc etc.)
And how do you pass up those baskets every time without embarrassment?
Easy, how did you pass up the Collection Boxes everytime without embarrassment?
Further, you said,
If you want the Catholic Chuch to pray for you they charge you...ever heard of prayer cards.
The Catholic Church DOES NOT charge for prayers, in fact it specifically prohibits charging for prayer. Sometimes it does require a usage fee because of Insurance regulations, etc or to cover actual costs, but not for profit.
You think the Church has a lot of money? No, it has a lot of Art Work, property, etc, it does NOT have a lot of Cash Flow, the Vatican's Budget is around 200 million a year, it only VERY recently stopped operating at a loss. Upkeep on all the art work etc is expensive.
I'm sorry your expereince with the Catholic Church has been so negative, it's NOT the norm.
"Vanity! It's my favorite sin!"
[Al Pacino as Satan, in "DEVIL'S ADVOCATE"]