Religion: Catholics & Chance

Last week, nearly a year after Bishop Edmund F. Gibbons banned church-sponsored "bingo" games in his Albany, N. Y. diocese (TIME, Dec. 21, 1936), a further reaction against such games of chance was noticeable in the Catholic Church. Archbishop Samuel Alphonsus Stritch of Milwaukee had put a ban upon all games in which money or the equivalent could be won. Bishop Henry Althoff of Belleville, Ill. not only forbade church gambling but voiced the hope that his people would support their churches by direct contribution rather than parish parties and festivals. Archbishop John Joseph...

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