While your question falls outside the scope of our mission: to clarify misperceptions about the faith, I'll do my best to give you my personal opinion to the question you have asked.
All Catholic dioceses around the world have an array of cultures and demographics:
- rich and poor
- (lapsed, non-practicing) Catholics, and
- (faithful, giving, practicing) Catholics, who, in certain cases, may have to support lapsed Catholics
This can both, allow or limit, what the bishop and diocese can do.
Remember each diocese has a budget too! In this area, the cardinal or bishop may have to make difficult decisions. He has to do whatever he can with a limited budget. In addition, the Church also acknowledges that as Jesus says in the Scriptures, “a worker is worth his wage.” (Luke 10:7)
Although there are many inside the Church who are ready and willing to provide services to the Church for free, (like our little group), there are others that have financial responsibilities, which involve making enough income to support their families. The Church cannot ignore this.
I am sure the local Catholic diocese and bishop does the best they can to keep, both liturgical and canonical, ceremonies affordable.
Fr. Jonathan may have two cents to throw in as well.