Don’t gamble with our future

29/09/2011

Problem Gambling News Story
 

A Catholic Outlook Letter on problem gambling from Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP has drawn comment in the Letters to the Editor pages of the Sydney Morning Herald.

On Thursday 29 September, a Pemulwuy reader referenced Bishop Anthony's August 2011 'Don’t gamble with our future' Letter.

Go to Letters to the Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald (29/09/11) 

On Friday 30 September, CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta Executive Director Otto Henfling appears in the Letters pages, spoke of the work the Church is doing to support communities and individuals in Western Sydney in response to the problem gambling issue.

Go to Letters to the Editor at the Sydney Morning Herald (30/09/11)

In his letter, which appeared in the August 2011 issue of Catholic Outlook, Bishop Anthony spoke of the Australian Church's position on gambling.

“Australia’s Catholic Bishops recently expressed themselves ‘painfully aware of the damage that problem gambling, especially problem poker machine gambling, causes for many people. It can lead to financial disaster, family breakdown and even suicide’,” Bishop Anthony wrote.

The Church has no special wisdom on the best strategy to deal with problem gambling. But the argument that the common good is best served by measures such as mandatory pre-commitment seems strong. At the very least it might be trialed along with other initiatives and support structures.”

Read Bishop Anthony's Catholic Outlook August 2011 Letter in full


Related:

Forum at The Shed during Gambling Awareness Week
(redirects to Catholic Outlook Site)

Problem gambling is in the news
(redirects to Catholic Outlook Site)

Go to Responsible Gambling Counselling Service at the CCSS site

 


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