What is it with Catholics and gambling?

Home Forums All Things Catholic What is it with Catholics and gambling?

This topic contains 12 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  Uncertaindrummer 10 years, 2 months ago.

Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #1042

    Maybe I’m sterotyping Catholics, but why is it so many Catholics are so into gambling? I’m not only talking bingo at the church hall, I’m talking casinos and any other type of gambling one can think of.

    If they want to hold a “casino night” at the chuch hall…..fine by me….but why not take the gamble out of it? Why not just say no one leaves with any of the money? Why not just agree that all the money goes to the church at the end of the night. Is that the way they are usually run?

    I have a cousin who is a retired Catholic school teacher. She is more Catholic than I will most likely ever be. Her pension is small, but she is always heading off to the casinos. If anyone ought to win it ought to be her. Still, why is it that I meet so many Catholics who think nothing of serious gambling?

    I recall reading a story about three Catholic ushers who were so turned off by bingo (in the church itself) that they agreeded to pay the church the “profit” it was bringing in out of their own pockets if the church would stop the bingo.

    If you ask most non-catholic Christains, I believe they would tell you that Catholics are known for their gambiling. Why?

    #4378

    … You were stereotyping. I have seen no evidence that gambling is a strictly Catholic malady

    #4379

    Perhaps, but I never said it was “strickly a Catholic malady”. I do know that catholics and gambiling are often tied together by non-Catholics. I can not think of any other church that sponsers gambiling as an on-going way to raise money. Can you see how this looks to other Christains? Remember, many Christains consider gambiling to be a sin.

    #4380

    Victor
    Member

    This is actually the first time I hear of this. <img src=:” title=”Question” />

    ~Victor

    #4381

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:3vz07o1y]If you ask most non-catholic Christains, I believe they would tell you that Catholics are known for their gambiling. Why?[/quote:3vz07o1y]
    I don’t know. What’s wrong with it? Most of it is fairly harmless. I see it as another way of engaging people. It’s a more creative way of raising money.

    Many Catholics seem to think all church stuff is free so parishes have to find new and creative ways to bring the money in.

    [quote:3vz07o1y]Can you see how this looks to other Christains? Remember, many Christains consider gambiling to be a sin.[/quote:3vz07o1y]
    Many Christians also don’t believe in the Real Presence[/url:3vz07o1y].

    #4385

    The disciples, themselves, cast lots to pick Judas’ replacement.

    #4386

    Andres Ortiz
    Keymaster

    [quote:3nds7shw]The disciples, themselves, cast lots to pick Judas’ replacement.[/quote:3nds7shw]
    Are you suggesting that the Holy Spirit guides those who gamble in church like it guided the apostles? <img src=” title=”Razz” />

    #4389

    [quote:11upr0tg]The disciples, themselves, cast lots to pick Judas’ replacement.[/quote:11upr0tg]

    That’s right! So did the centurions, but for our lords bloody robe! So I guess it must be o.k. Right?

    #4393

    Siberian
    Member

    Im rather new to this forum, Myself a christian I believe gambling to be wrong, HOWEVER… There is harmless activity and then there is Gambling.

    Its all for fun when you are having a good time, and able to stop at any time.

    It becomes gambling when you find yourself sucked in, when you need to borrow money to try and win back lost money. When it becomes unhealthy to your own welfare and your familys welfare it becomes sinful.

    Just a thought by Siberian <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    #4396

    Elkabong
    Member

    Gosh, I had no idea that anyone thought of Catholics as gamblers per se.
    I haven’t seen a bingo game in a local Catholic church in years. Is this a Southern thing, avoidance of bingo?
    I’m Presbyterian, and I play the Mega Millions lottery when it gets intriguing…although, if I forget, I won’t go back out just to buy a ticket. Guess I don’t have a problem… <img src=” title=”Razz” />

    #4397

    Siberian
    Member

    [quote:hhpic0pq]I play the Mega Millions lottery when it gets intriguing…although, if I forget, I won’t go back out just to buy a ticket. Guess I don’t have a problem… [/quote:hhpic0pq]

    Exactly, You dont let it controll your life, when times are tight and there is not much money for gas, and you still find yourself making that extra trip for the ticket, That could be your indication of a problem <img src=” title=”Smile” />

    #4398

    Victor
    Member

    I think everybody pretty much agrees on that. But it’s still news to me that Catholics are gamblers. Just never heard it before.

    ~Victor

    #4470

    Drinking can be bad if you get drunk. Eating can be bad if you become a glutton. Taking naps can be bad if you become a lazy sloth. Going to the magazine store can be bad if you find yourself buying bad magazines.

    Gambling can be bad if you overindulge and abuse it. But it is not bad in its own right. I love just sittingdown with my family and playing some poker. Granted, the stakes are always pennies, but that is still technically gambling, and I can’t believe anyone would consider it a sin.

    Also, lots of Catholics gamble, but then again, lots of Catholics get drunk, adulterate, and do a lot of other bad stuff. And amazingly, lots of non-Catholics do too!!! lol, no one is perfect, and if it seems like more Catholics are doing these things, it is only because there are more Catholics.

    Although, there are also quite a few un-devout Catholics who, while claiming to be Catholic, blatantly and knowlingy break the Church’s rules anyway. You can’t blame the Church for what her members do. (No saying you are, just saying)

Viewing 13 posts - 1 through 13 (of 13 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.