Refusal to marry or baptize children of non practicing couples
Does a pastor have the right/option to refuse to marry a couple or baptize their child if they do not practice their faith and attend Sunday Mass.
Answer by David Gregson on 11/7/2008:
Yes. In fact, a priest (or deacon) would be obliged not to preside at the wedding or baptize the children of people who are not practicing Catholics. Otherwise, their wedding vows and their baptismal promises would have no credibility. Why would anyone take seriously a wedding vow to be faithful till death, or a baptismal promise to raise their children in the Faith, when those who make them don't embrace the Church's faith and practice.