I had always though that the Catholic Church regarded gambling as a sin.
I was surprised to learn (not partaking of that good book too often!) that the bible doesn’t actually condemn gambling, although the Catholic catechism has this to say:
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.
Which is probably how St Etheldreda Church in Newmarket has got away with having their new confessional box paid for by a £10,000 donation from local book maker ‘Paddy Power’ – the box now sports (sic) a sign over it saying ‘Sin Bin’ and was officially opened by Frankie Dettori today……
I do like a bit of pragmatism.
“Forgive me Father, I can’t afford to put anything in the collection, I lost it all on the 2.30 at Newmarket”
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- April 29, 2010 at 01:41