Is Gambling At Casinos A Sin For Catholics # 1

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.  iu

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.’

shutterstock_112414511But then, later on in the article it states:

‘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.’

1303168828177At 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.

3 Replies to “Is Gambling At Casinos A Sin For Catholics # 1”

  1. When the powerball game was on the ballot in colorado,to allow the game in colorado,I voted no.I do wager a few dollars a week on lottery games.I’ve only been to the casinos in colorado once,in 1998.As far as the local parish here in colorado goes,I told them six years ago that the glass contracter that had working on the school helped build the planned-parenthood in denver,the deacon did not fire them,they finished the job four days later. [ eap glass ] is the name of the company,in lakewood colorado.And four years later eap-glass put new doors on the church,I told another deacon about eap & p.p.,and to this day,august 24,2015 the stickers with the company name are still on the doors,I saw them today.And I also saw with my own eyes eap-glass trucks on the p.p. property doing work.This is most unacceptable to me for the parish to use parishiners monies to pay a company that worked for a blood money ,I reached out to the archbishop of new-orleans who wrote an article about boycotting businesses that work for blood money,he was no help.

  2. Your article regarding gambling was great and is correct. Whether we have a lot or a little money, it comes from God. God would not approve of using the blessings he gives us for such a thing as this. It surely becomes additive, just what satan wants.

  3. What about the parishes that have for years, held bingo games? Don’t they teach Catholics that gambling is moral if it is used to support their parish? And if it is moral to do this, what is the difference between bingo games in the church and going to a casino?

    This is how Catholics are trained to justify sin. By their own leaders.

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