Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Catholic World News News Feature

New Zealand Cardinal Joins Anti-Gambling Lobby December 09, 1997

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (CWN) - New Zealand's Cardinal Thomas Williams took a leading role in a campaign to oppose the expansion of casinos in the country when he recently joined the Casino Opposition Action Network.

The group is lobbying against plans to increase the number of New Zealand casinos from two to six, and has become a patron of the Gambling Responsibility Trust. With Anglican Bishop Thomas Brown, Cardinal Williams tried to persuade a parliamentary committee to hear American anti-casino campaigner Rev. Tom Grey when it was considering casino control legislation, but the three men were denied entry to the committee room.

Cardinal Williams also asked all clergy in the Archdiocese of Wellington to alert their people to the threat of the proliferation of casinos and encourage them to ask their members of Parliament to support a retrospective moratorium on the establishment of casinos. "It is becoming increasingly obvious that it is in the government's interest -- but not in the interest of the people it governs -- to actively promote gambling," the cardinal said. Although extensive research had yet to be carried out, he added, "the correlation of casino gambling with addiction, family violence, suicide, and bankruptcy is fast emerging".

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism 5 hours ago
Relax; the Pope didn't change Church teaching with a phone call 6 hours ago
Round Trip to the present moment: a Catholic jazz artist's latest offering April 22
Easter with the Pope April 21
Smaller Church, Bigger Faith, 3: Ecclesiastical Discipline April 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil homily (full text) CWN - April 20
Pope Francis's Easter Message 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and the World): full text, link to video CWN - April 20