by MOST REV. OSCAR V. CRUZ, D.D. Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan
Gambling is corruption. It is ridiculous to equate it with integrity, honesty, nobility. Gambling is a vice. It is mockery to identify it with virtue, probity, honor. Gambling is indolence. It is a shame to claim that it is industrious, hardworking and productive people who indulge therein. This is precisely why gamblers are individuals who do not look straight at people, who hate well-lighted lobbies on their way to gambling and wherefore simply love dark and shadowy casino entrances.
Furthermore, gambling makes addicts to the point of making gamblers bet not only the money in their pockets but also that which is not yet theirs at all. This is precisely why gamblers are suspect characters in terms of their must-have money to gamble, irrespective of the ways and means to lay their hands on it. The truth is that they are driven to bet even the means to lay their hands on it. The truth is that they are driven to bet even the future of their families – to the point of even destroying them in favor of gambling. Addiction to drugs or to alcohol, to carnal drives towards men, women and/or children – gambling has addictive features even much worst than said accursed vices. Continue reading here.