- May 1, 2005 at 1:20 am #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?May 1, 2005 at 9:07 pm #4378
… You were stereotyping. I have seen no evidence that gambling is a strictly Catholic maladyMay 2, 2005 at 12:44 am #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.May 2, 2005 at 3:02 pm #4380
This is actually the first time I hear of this. :” title=”Question” />
~VictorMay 3, 2005 at 5:02 am #4381
[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].May 3, 2005 at 8:58 pm #4385
The disciples, themselves, cast lots to pick Judas’ replacement.May 3, 2005 at 9:28 pm #4386
[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? ” title=”Razz” />May 5, 2005 at 1:05 am #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?May 5, 2005 at 7:31 pm #4393
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 ” title=”Smile” />May 5, 2005 at 10:18 pm #4396
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… ” title=”Razz” />May 5, 2005 at 10:34 pm #4397
[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 ” title=”Smile” />May 5, 2005 at 11:09 pm #4398
I think everybody pretty much agrees on that. But it’s still news to me that Catholics are gamblers. Just never heard it before.
~VictorMay 10, 2005 at 2:05 pm #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)
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