Religion: Rectory Handicapping

A Roman Catholic parish in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England has found something better than bingo—a football pool and racing tip sheet combined.

Fathers Timothy O'Connor and Desmond O'Dowd needed $28,000 for a new parochial school. They designed some leaflets listing England's top football games on one side and a likely winner at one of the nation's race tracks on the other. In return for a down payment of a shilling initiation fee and a shilling a week thereafter, they invited their parishioners to 1) become members of their Church Development Society, 2) take a chance on a weekly football pool, and 3) receive...

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