Bishops against gamblin'

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I bet if a percentage of the proceeds of gambling would go towards settling the numerous sexual misconduct suits within the catholic church...these four bishops...who claim to represent the will of 400,000 would not have such an issue with the expanded gaming bill.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Catholic bishops in Kentucky have issued a stern warning about the potential consequences if lawmakers approve a proposal to legalize casinos.

The Rev. Patrick Delahanty, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky, distributed a letter to state senators on Tuesday detailing the unanimous concerns of the state's four bishops who represent some 400,000 parishioners in the state.

"With their flashing lights, free-flowing alcoholic drinks, all-night hours and generally intoxicating atmosphere, casinos are more likely than other gambling options to lead to bad decisions and catastrophic losses for patrons, particularly those prone to problem or compulsive gambling," Delahanty wrote in the two-page letter, distributed a day before the issue is to be considered by a Senate committee.

Beshear said Kentuckians are gambling hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in neighboring states, including Illinois, Indiana and West Virginia.

"This money funds their schools, their libraries, their police departments, and other improvement," Beshear said Friday. "It makes no sense to continue watching that happen."

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