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Argentina: diocese blasts gambling

Catholic World News - August 30, 2011

The Vatican newspaper is drawing greater attention to a recent condemnation of gambling by one of Argentina’s largest dioceses.

The pastoral-social agency of the Archdiocese of Córdoba, which has nearly two million Catholics, stated in an August 25 letter that gambling “affects, above all, the poorest families, who see in it a magical solution to their economic problems, and the young, who remain ensnared by the egoism of an essentially individualistic game and one which attacks solidarity and the culture of work.”

“Gambling is a business that moves large amounts of money to the benefit of the few and to the detriment of the many, especially the poorest,” the letter continued. “Whoever develops a passion for gambling risks losing what belongs to his or her spouse or children. It is a fact that harms the family’s communion and often causes arguments, quarrels and accusations.”

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