"According to new advent gambling or gaming is staking of money or other thing of value on the issue of a game of chance. it thus belongs to the class of aleatory contracts wich the win or loss of the parties depends on an uncertain event. It is not gambling in the strict sense if a bet is laid on the issue of a game of skill.
The Catholic Church teaches that it is more important to spend money on necessities than taking chances of losing it by gambling.
Can Gambling Be Beneficial?
States use gambling taxes to help budgets
Pay Educations Costs
Help pay Government Employees
Help fund transportation projects like new roads and bridges
Help support senior citizen programs
Can Gambling be Regulated?
Make internet gambling legal so it can be regulated and taxed
Form an Internet Gaming Commision to look over online gambling
Prevent access to underage gamblers
Educate parents to watch for signs of gambling amongst their children
Where to Find Gambling
Opposition to Gambling
Casinos are the biggest threat to families
Increase in crime
Higher incidence of bankruptcy nearby
How Gambling Destroys Family
The spouse suffers
The children do not get basic needs
Abuse is common to all family member
Cheating, lying, stealing becomes more common
What the Church Says
Gambling is unnacceptable when it keeps people from providing for their family's basic needs.
Gambling is not bad itself but the actions people do that take away from the family is wrong.
Gambling takes time that the gambler should be fostering values with their family.
Teaching by Example
Even though society accepts gambling, The Catholic Church teaches that it is more important to spend money on necessities than taking chance of losing it by gambling.
What Happened to the Woman
She got the casinos to ban her from entering
She got help from counselors
She has been free from gambling for 20 months
She is trying to put her life back together
Gambling- Good or Bad?
It can help states pay bills
It is a form of entertainment
It definitely leads to increased crime
It can tear apart a family
The Church teaches us to take care of the basic family needs first