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Massachusetts bishops oppose casino gambling

June 11, 2010

The bishops of Massachusetts are opposing legislation that would permit resort-style casinos to be built in the state. Edward Saunders, the executive director of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, told a state senate committee on June 8 that gambling is “morally unacceptable” when it “deprives someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others.”

“What is not being acknowledged is that the harm will reach far beyond individual gamblers by affecting their spouses, their children, dependents, employers and the community in which they live,” he added.


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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jun. 12, 2010 11:39 AM ET USA

    Bishops: "Gambling, bad! Politicians who support abortion, uh, no comment."

  • Posted by: cloudchaser64 - Jun. 11, 2010 8:07 PM ET USA

    Hallelujah! The Bishops in Massachusetts have it absolutely correct. We have the casinos in Arizona (supposedly owned by Native American Tribes) but the poverty continues for all but a few Native Americans and the communities and families are badly affected by the gambling addiction encouraged by advertising and the casinos themselves.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jun. 11, 2010 7:08 PM ET USA

    The question I have is, "Will the MA Bishops be as wimpy on trying to get their Catholic politicians to vote against gambling as they are on trying to get them to vote against abortion?"