[video] – Catholic Moral and gambling: the problem of compulsive gambling

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For Catholic morality, gambling is not always considered a sin, but may assume that when gambling is offensive to justice and charity, exposing us to vice structured on the addiction that comes from our own free choice.


Author Father Ariel

Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo



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the conference on compulsive gambling promoted by Lions Club, at which he gave a talk Ariel S. Levi Gualdo on the relationship between Catholic morality and gambling

Reducing people slaves irrational-emotional feelings, of illusion and dreams, It is not the worst form of slavery?

Modern slavery It is worse than that of the ancient Romans, it was a legal institution of civil law; an institution that provided for the emancipation, the slave liberation. And once it becomes Liberto, the former slave, species in the imperial era, He could make even brilliant careers. Instead of modern slavery, not codified in any law, because the democratic systems that promuono psychological slavery are those who condemn slavery firmly, but then made the same resulting in exercising massive controls on masses of slaves, for which it is not expected that legal possibility of emancipation already planned rather than two millennia ago in the Roman civil law.


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he teacher. dr. Franco Cirillo (to the left), the father Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo (To the right) during the conference

About Gambling, The Catechism of the Catholic Church uses a much stronger end of the term "addiction", uses the term "slavery". And here I would point out that not all addictions are in itself and of itself bad, sometimes they are not even harmful. Indeed, addiction", It can arise from our own glossy initial choice which can then escape our control, until enslaving, but nevertheless it starting from an initial act of our free will. There are in fact two different forms of slavery: We can be enslaved by a violent total deprivation of liberty, or we can be enslaved by various forms of psychological dependence, almost without realizing it [follows the conference video]


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7 replies
  1. father ariel
    diacono Andrea says:

    Rev. father ariel,

    I am a permanent Deacon, former entrepreneur, father of three children.
    I was ordained a deacon in 58 year old, today I have 65.
    Before ordering I retired from my company passing the helm to his sons, Also to devote myself to the ministry, having already given enough in my 34 anni di lavoro.
    Having business experience, Bishop destined me to Caritas.
    In that environment I came in contact with realities of serious mismanagement, bad organization and … better to stop here without going over.
    I had never seen superficially burn the money and resources that way, but above all I can do at all encouraging statistics: most of the people asking for aid within the classes she painted in this conference under the title “false poor” e “false needy”, who came to ask for the needed because they did not want to deprive yourself of the unnecessary.
    At Caritas director who was a priest, I repeated several times to pay the bills of light to certain people meant harm him. Lui rispondeva … “but we do not have money, we pay them to him”. I would reply … “it's the same thing, because they have spent the money on luxury goods, often worse in the game … let him come off the light, otherwise they will never understand”.
    I began to make the figure of the bad, dell'insensibile … worse! Even the wealthy who harbored “uncontrolled inner contempt for the poor”, He said as a young priest.
    That experience, however, taught me to recognize the real needy, for example many husbands who thank judgments “Forward-looking” certain judges, after the divorce had to leave home to his wife that there was living with the new partner with the children, and to which they had to pay alimony, with the result that while working and while actually depriving himself of all, They were unable to have livelihood.
    Ah, with which modesty, inner shame and dignity, these were presented to us! Almost always sure that there were more people in need of them who turned to us, then asking … “if possible” … “if you can”. The exact opposite of those who came instead (as she lucidly describes with impeccable realism), “with the most expensive mobile phone in his pocket”, a spirit haughty and demanding, and these were those who “in their homes they had electronic instruments of last generation unnecessary and costly”, etc ..
    When I was forced to acknowledge that these were not helped seconds, while cases like the first described were sometimes also rejected, or we were told that we had exhausted the resources, I turned to the bishop and asked him to take off from that position.
    … and so did the figure of the man devoid of Christian charity, maybe she will like the father Ariel, in the eyes of certain people, to have said … “some people do not inspire my Christian piety but a sense of disapproval”.

    I conclude by saying that one day disappeared from the table of Caritas the crucifix and the statue of the Madonna that was in the corner, because many of our users were Muslim, and Caritas director thought right not to disturb their belief. I asked the priest … “Scusa, but it is they who come to eat at our house, or we going to eat in their home?”.
    Three years have passed since that question, and I wait always the answer.

    diac. Andrea

    My children began to allocate sums of money to Caritas at the close of business budgets. I took them in private and told him … “I give me a list of people to whom you distribute this money for charity”. By not explaining in what way, good part of their money, squandered would be finished in various ways, inclusi “false poor” e “false needy”. And in that way they have been helped real needy.

    • Zamax says:

      I know of these realities from within, but I think that at least part of the problems described by her derive dall'insinuarsi in them of a statalitisco welfare mentality. Now, in a society dominated by statism, as long as it remains standing, the struggle for life is no less harsh than in a so-called society “capitalist”, but it is certainly the most sordid. In two words, it amounts to a general hunt “tesoretto”, triumph in which the most unscrupulous individuals. One may wonder why those who have the managerial duties in these organizations waste, knowingly or unknowingly, to see this reality. And the reason is that the profiteers, however, have a great value: do not question the system. A system that knows how to be generous (again as long as it remains standing) with who shows you want to depend on it.

  2. hector says:


    I see it rather “stanco” in the video and in the timbre of the voice, indeed afflicted…

    • Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo
      Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo says:

      Dear Ettore,

      I'm fine and I have no problem to answer publicly.
      The problem is more, and is also the reason why I did not shoot more video from last year until a few days ago.
      A febbraio 2016, as a result of an accident taken a strong blow to the mouth and was forced to put a corrective appliance to the teeth with the impact that they had not broken but they were crooked. So in public instinctively I tend to speak in half-closed mouth “hide the appliance on the teeth” species at the top.
      This is just a small passenger dental problem, in a couple of months I will take away the knife and I come to gape quietly without giving the family was depressed, as you rightly note.

  3. father ariel
    Silvia Ceccarelli says:

    La fede e la cultura sua, is the greatest affliction that turns red mediocre, that for this can not stand, and on her say fever and horns, But however you think how many we love ...

    • Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo
      Ariel S. Levi di Gualdo says:

      Cara Silvia,

      let's say for a moment that you have even reason, but above all you are talking about somewhere else and not me.

      If you had to comment outside, as an outsider viewer, I would say that the poor do their job, namely that look and aspire all’immediato, while Ariel S. Levi Gualdo does his job, saves and aims all’eterno; and if he has some talent, It is not his merit, but the gift of God's grace, and God will return the talent put to good use [cf. Mt 25, 14-30] after being used for the building of the People entrusted by God to His Church.

  4. father ariel
    Zamax says:

    father ariel,

    the passage on "poor" dependent from the superfluous has made me come to mind a passage of Letters from LUCILIUS Seneca: "Just, instead, He knows how to adapt to simple natural needs, not only does not feel poverty, but not even fear. But know that it is very difficult to limit to own as it requires the nature; the same one that we have reduced to an elemental state, the same one that you call poor, nevertheless possesses something superfluous ».

    The step was taken then by Shakespeare in Re Lear in the person of the same King Lear to indicate that this weakness is also a sign of humanity: "I do not cavillate on the" need "! Gl'infimi beggars / In their misery they have something superfluo./ If you grant the nature nothing more than the bare minimum / Man's life is worth less than that of bestia./ ".

    E’ clear that in the "poor" or became "reason for scandal" fake poor "mentioned her this" sign of humanity »», such as the eye and hand mentioned in the Gospel.

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