1. THE QUESTION WAS: Which of the following is NOT sinful by nature?

A.     gambling

B.     selling of slaves

C.     gluttony

D.    slander

E.     racism



THE ANSWER IS……. A…..Gambling in moderation is not considered a sin assuming the money does not go to an evil cause and assuming it is not an addiction and assuming you’re not using money set aside for your family’s food, and assuming you’re not lying to your spouse about it, and assuming the casino operation is operating legitimately and honestly.

If Joe wants to spend his $50 from his entertainment budget on a fancy dinner, and Jane wants to spend her $50 at Disney World, and Jill would most enjoy spending it playing black jack, then…..so what? Please don’t slander the Aunt Myrtle at the retirement home for her annual bus trip to the slots in Atlantic City. Personally, I’d rather spend the money on something culturally enriching, like tickets to the ballet or a pig race.

Here’s what the Catechism says about gambling:

 Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement. Unfair wagers and cheating at games constitute grave matter, unless the damage inflicted is so slight that the one who suffers it cannot reasonably consider it significant.” (section 2413)


SLAVERY, on the other hand, is condemned by the Catholic Church:

The seventh commandment forbids acts or enterprises that for any reason - selfish or ideological, commercial, or totalitarian - lead to the enslavement of human beings, to their being bought, sold and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their personal dignity. It is a sin against the dignity of persons and their fundamental rights to reduce them by violence to their productive value or to a source of profit. St. Paul directed a Christian master to treat his Christian slave "no longer as a slave but more than a slave, as a beloved brother, . . . both in the flesh and in the Lord." (Catechism section 2414)


GLUTTONY is considered one of the capital sins

“Vices can be classified according to the virtues they oppose, or also be linked to the capital sins which Christian experience has distinguished, following St. John Cassian and St. Gregory the Great. They are called "capital" because they engender other sins, other vices.138 They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth or acedia.” (Catechism section 1866)


SLANDER is also evil. Please do not slander me, or I will tell everyone you’re a gambling drunken cannibalistic hooligan. Just kidding.


2475 Christ's disciples have "put on the new man, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness."274 By "putting away falsehood," they are to "put away all malice and all guile and insincerity and envy and all slander."275

2476 False witness and perjury. When it is made publicly, a statement contrary to the truth takes on a particular gravity. In court it becomes false witness.276 When it is under oath, it is perjury. Acts such as these contribute to condemnation of the innocent, exoneration of the guilty, or the increased punishment of the accused.277 They gravely compromise the exercise of justice and the fairness of judicial decisions.

2477 Respect for the reputation of persons forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury.278 He becomes guilty:

- of rash judgment who, even tacitly, assumes as true, without sufficient foundation, the moral fault of a neighbor;

- of detraction who, without objectively valid reason, discloses another's faults and failings to persons who did not know them;279

- of calumny who, by remarks contrary to the truth, harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.

2478 To avoid rash judgment, everyone should be careful to interpret insofar as possible his neighbor's thoughts, words, and deeds in a favorable way:

Every good Christian ought to be more ready to give a favorable interpretation to another's statement than to condemn it. But if he cannot do so, let him ask how the other understands it. And if the latter understands it badly, let the former correct him with love. If that does not suffice, let the Christian try all suitable ways to bring the other to a correct interpretation so that he may be saved.280

2479 Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one's neighbor. Honor is the social witness given to human dignity, and everyone enjoys a natural right to the honor of his name and reputation and to respect. Thus, detraction and calumny offend against the virtues of justice and charity





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