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Our readers asked:

Should We Drink and Gamble at a Church Festival?

Mike Hayes Answers:

Question: Why is it okay that we have Church Festivals where excessive drinking and gambling occur? I thought we believed those things were only okay in moderation.

Freedom is one of the main tenets of the Catholic faith. Just because booze and gaming tables are around doesn’t mean that you need to partake in them.

However, to your point, there should be a limit set by the bartenders to “cut off” those that have “had enough” and even for the gambler who doesn’t know when to quit–although that is a lot harder to control. A good compromise might be to give a free table to AA and GA at those events to help those who have addictive tendencies in case they need to reach out to someone.

But in general, these functions serve as fund raisers for the church and as long as they keep these things in control then there is no moral reason to stop having them.

The Author : Mike Hayes
Mike Hayes is the senior editor for the Googling God section at BustedHalo.com.
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  • Carrie Barnes

    Really? We grew up with the older folks drinking their wine, smoking their cigarettes and cigars and playing their cards and games of chance. We weren’t hurt by it, that was what the adults did and us kids ran around and played…without direct adult supervision. I yearn for those days to be what my kids know because I think we had it better. We grew up ok, I don’t know who decided we should change things. Funny enough I also think we had more respect for our elders.

  • http://twitter.com/stlconnections St Leo Connections

    As a youth minister, The Church always wants our young
    people to help at these events. I think they should be involved to be active
    members of our Church; however I am quite hesitant knowing that alcohol is
    around minors and adults are drinking. What example does this set for our young
    people? That we need alcohol to have fun….

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