Monday, March 17, 2003

Calgary bishop comes down harder on gambling:

"This is not appropriate," said Henry. "We want to gradually disassociate ourselves from any reliance on bingo."He said the new reality of bingo is that its glitz and glamour have taken it away from a recreational and social experience, and moved it into the growing culture of gambling."We're dominated by the spirit of greed. The amount of money spent is secondary to the thrill of gambling and the prospect of winning."This does raise the issue of complicity in something that is unhealthy. As a church we have to distance ourselves from this and protest. . . . It worries us that as a church we're getting involved in what we call complicity with evil."

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