Gambling


#1

Just wondering what the Church’s position on gambling is. Be it online or in casino’s. Any/all replies will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!


#2

Regardless of the official church stance, you know in your heart it is wrong, dont you?

In Christ.

Andre.


#3

[quote=Lorrie]Just wondering what the Church’s position on gambling is. Be it online or in casino’s. Any/all replies will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!
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The Church holds tha gambling in and of itself is not immoral. Otherwise we could not have bingo nights! :smiley:

The problem occurs with the compulsion to gamble, when rent goes unpaid, children go without food, etc. This condition is obviously reprehensable.

Every effort must be taken to correct this situation while maintaining respect for the individual who may be addicted to gambling.

Subrosa


#4

[quote=Subrosa]The Church holds tha gambling in and of itself is not immoral. Otherwise we could not have bingo nights! :smiley:

Subrosa
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And if gambling itself was immoral, then we could not have things like life or auto insurance.

Life insurance is you placing a bet every month that you will die in that month, and the insurance company betting you won’t.

It’s just as much gambling as slot machines.

Here is the CCC on the subject

2413 Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement. Unfair wagers and cheating at games constitute grave matter, unless the damage inflicted is so slight that the one who suffers it cannot reasonably consider it significant.


#5

Thanks Subrosa and Brendan for the replies! :slight_smile:


#6

[quote=Lorrie][font=Palatino Linotype][size=3]Just wondering what the Church’s position on gambling is. Be it online or in casino’s. Any/all replies will be greatly appreciated.
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[/size]Here’s what the CCC says about it.

2413 Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement. Unfair wagers and cheating at games constitute grave matter, unless the damage inflicted is so slight that the one who suffers it cannot reasonably consider it significant.

Pax tecum,


#7

Its my understanding that EXCESSIVE gambling is a mortal sin against the 7th Commandment.


#8

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