Many Novus Ordo parishes organize bus trips for their parishioners to spend a day at casinos for fun and to raise money for the parish. I feel it is sinful and will try to explain why. Not only is it sinful, but leads to many other sins like; gluttony, lust, drunkenness, waste of time and money, fraud, cheating, lying, perjury, theft and sets a bad example to others. Besides this, I feel that these casinos are full of demons of avarice and lust which attach themselves to those who frequent these houses of perdition.
The 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia states: ‘From very early times gambling was forbidden by canon law. Two of the oldest (41, 42) among the so-called canons of the Apostles forbade games of chance under pain of excommunication to clergy and laity alike. The 79th canon of the Council of Elvira (306) decreed that one of the faithful who had been guilty of gambling might be, on amendment, restored to communion after the lapse of a year. A homily (the famous “De Aleatoribus”) long ascribed by St. Cyprian, but by modern scholars variously attributed to Popes Victor I, Callistus I, and Melchiades, and which undoubtedly is a very early and interesting monument of Christian antiquity, is a vigorous denunciation of gambling. The Fourth Lateran Council (1215), by a decree subsequently inserted in the “Corpus Juris”, forbade clerics to play or to be present at games of chance.’
‘Theologians commonly require four conditions so that gaming may not be illicit.
- What is staked must belong to the gambler and must be at his free disposal. It is wrong, therefore, for the lawyer to stake the money of his client, or for anyone to gamble with what is necessary for the maintenance of his wife and children.
- The gambler must act freely, without unjust compulsion.
- There must be no fraud in the transaction, although the usual ruses of the game may be allowed. It is unlawful, accordingly, to mark the cards, but it is permissible to conceal carefully from an opponent the number of trump cards one holds.
- Finally, there must be some sort of equality between the parties to make the contract equitable; it would be unfair for a combination of two expert whist players to take the money of a couple of mere novices at the game.’
At a casinos there is no equality between parties. They rig their machines to, in the long run, always win. They are the experts and the players are at a disadvantage against the built in odds that the casino has programed into their slot machines and games.
We are so blessed to be traditional Catholics and to know that our life and money are precious and to be used for God’s Kingdom, not for wasting it gambling in the hopes to get easy money we did not work for, besides frivolously wasting our time away.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.