04 Jul 2015 Articles Comments (20)

Are divorced Catholics permitted to receive holy Communion?

A divorced Catholic who is not remarried can usually receive holy Communion. Divorce is not intrinsically evil, and so it is not necessarily a sin. But divorce …

Read more

02 Jun 2016 Articles Comments (1)

How Benedict XVI’s resignation changed the papacy forever

When Pope emeritus Benedict XVI resigned as pontiff three years ago, he added a new dimension to the papacy, said his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswe…

Read more

23 Aug 2016 News No comments

Filipino senators investigate killings of suspected drug dealers

The Church and human rights groups have been alarmed by President Duterte's violent crackdown on drug crime Philippine senators opened an inquiry on Monday int…

Read more

07 Sep 2016 Articles Q&A Comments (3)

Would it be okay to have sex with a robot?

Experts are saying that ultra-realistic sex robots are coming soon, and some people may even fall in love with the machines. While some people see this as progr…

Read more

02 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

Why do we need all the rules of organized religion, when the Golden Rule sums up everything about how to…

Full Question We don't need all the ethical rules of organized religion. I think all we need to know about how to live is summed up in the Golden Rule. …

Read more

14 Sep 2016 Articles Comments (2)

Does the Bible predict an asteroid will strike the Earth? NASA says it is inevitable

On February 15, 2013, a previously undetected near-Earth asteroid slammed into the Earth. The object, weighing about 14,000 tons, ripped through the air at a sh…

Read more

01 Sep 2015 Africa News No comments

Nigerian prelate decries same-sex marriage

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has given pride of place on its website to a recent homily by Bishop Camillus Etokud…

Read more

21 Nov 2014 Q&A No comments

Can I give a priest permission to talk about my confession?

Full Question Can a penitent give the priest permission to discuss what was said in the confessional? Specifically, could I allow him to use a situation I …

Read more

31 May 2016 Vatican No comments

Pope urges Catholics and Orthodox Christians to join in prayer for Syrian children

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country Pope Francis

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Isn’t gambling a sin? How can you Catholics justify playing bingo in church?

Full Question

Isn’t gambling a sin? How then can you Catholics justify playing bingo?–and in church yet!


First of all, the stereotype of bingo-playing Catholics is really overblown. The vast majority of parishes don’t even have a bingo night. Second, gambling is not in and of itself wrong. Read your Bible and you will not find gambling condemned anywhere in it.

The average gambler loses money, but the process is entertaining, so what gambling amounts to is paying money to be entertained, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Gambling becomes sinful only when one pays too much money for the entertainment. A person in a casino spending thousands of dollars that his family needs is committing a sin, and the Church is very firm about this (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2413). It would likewise be sinful for a person to spend thousands of dollars his family needed on other forms of entertainment, too, like limited edition books, movies, collector’s items, or whatever.

However, if you can afford it, there is nothing wrong with spending a few dollars for an evening of entertainment, whether it is bingo, the movies, or something else. In fact, spending a few dollars on an evening playing bingo in a church basement with a bunch of fellow Christians is probably a more wholesome activity than spending the same amount of money going to see a typical movie–or for that matter staying home and watching TV for free.


  1. mary Reply

    Im sorry but gambling should be a sin bc is a act of no control using money that belongs to God bc Gid give to you for a good use. If eating In excess is a sin how gambling is not. I don’t get it

    1. Dan Reply

      You said it yourself if done in exess it is a sin. Done responsibly its not.

  2. Jo Reply

    Eating is not a sin. Eating IN EXCESS is a sin. Gambling is not a sin. Gambling IN EXCESS is a sin.

  3. Kenneth Chyne Reply

    I am more confused. How can gambling not be sinful!! It’s an act of spending money wastefully. We cannot defend it just because it’s done in the basement of a church. Isn’t that sacrilege?? We read in the gospel what the Lord did. We shouldn’t become defensive rather we should take recourse and reflect of was is right and wrong in the Lord.

  4. roma Reply

    It is still a sin for me. I just remembered when jesus gets angry to all who are gamblers. Yes it is entertainment but not for some. My opinion only. 🙂

  5. Janusz Reply

    Listen to the wisdom of the Churche

Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories