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Monday, April 18, 2005

Thank God: Gambling Not Against Church Teachings

I can rest a little easier tonight, betting on the next Pope may not buy me a one-way ticket to hell. According to an article in USA TODAY, "It's not against church law to gamble — even Pope John Paul reaffirmed catechism teachings that said, 'Games of chance or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice.' However, betting on papal elections was declared illegal in papal states by Pope Gregory XIV (1590-1591)."

Also in this article, the latest odds on 'the man who will be Pope' from the world's bookmakers:

William Hill, London
Joseph Ratzinger (Germany) 4 to 1
Jean Marie Lustiger (France) 9 to 2
Carlo Maria Martini (Italy) 6 to 1
(tied with) Francis Arinze (Nigeria) 6 to 1

Paddy Power, Dublin, Ireland
Joseph Ratzinger (Germany) 3 to 1
Jean Marie Lustiger (France) 9 to 2
Carlo Maria Martini (Italy) 5 to 1

Pinnacle Sports, London/Dutch Antilles
Joseph Ratzinger (Germany) 3 to 1
Francis Arinze (Nigeria) 6 to 1
Claudio Hummes (Brazil) 13 to 2


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