I grew up in a Methodist church but went to Catholic school off and on and it always shocked me that they had 'casino nights', bingo every Wednesday and would raffle off brand new cars which they displayed out on the front lawns of the churches (they STILL do this) to bring in new converts.
So, do catholics not think gambling is bad or is it okay when it's to raise money for the church or charity it runs?
Quoting IHartU: So don't you consider the church offering bingo and casino night as tempting those that have a problem or maybe contributing to the cause of addiction? Doesn't seem right somehow.
I just don't see it that way. Someone else mentioned food in one of the answers -- gluttony is also a sin. So should churches not host receptions or bake sales because they might tempt someone to overeat?
Answer by LibbyLife at 5:40 PM on Aug. 21, 2009
Answer by momofsaee at 8:49 AM on Aug. 21, 2009
Answer by IhartU at 8:51 AM on Aug. 21, 2009
Answer by thehairnazi at 9:18 AM on Aug. 21, 2009
Answer by IhartU at 9:44 AM on Aug. 21, 2009
Quoting IhartU:Â I just always though it strange that Protestants are sooooooooooo against gambling and the Catholics aren't.
I think it's similar to how some Protestants are also against drinkingÂ any alcohol, but Catholics aren't.Â Because drinking alcohol can lead to drunkenness, wife-beating, etc., some protestants avoid it completely.Â As a Catholic, I try to avoid drinking alcohol to excess, but I don't think it is intrinsically evil.Â Personally, I have no desire to go to Las Vegas and waste money gambling, but playing low-stakes bingo or buying raffle tickets for a car that is part of a fundraiser for a school or mission trip doesn't seem in the same league to me at all.Â Small amounts of money are at stake in these bingo games and raffles.
Here's what the Catechism says:
Answer by IhartU at 10:31 AM on Aug. 21, 2009
I guess I don't see what the big deal is. I know of protestant churches that also hold casino night type things. Also, a lot of churches hold raffles and isn't that gambling too? I think to single out Catholics is wrong. None of the churches I've belonged to (all Catholic) have has casino nights, but they have had auctions for the school where money also goes to the church. They have had chili cook offs where the big issue was that someone wanted to serve beer and the priest said no. Never any casino night though. The K of C sometimes holds bingo nights, but really? Bingo is lame. But Catholics believe that moderation is the key, not total deprivation.
Answer by anime_mom619 at 11:34 AM on Aug. 21, 2009
Answer by IhartU at 12:47 PM on Aug. 21, 2009