“Human dignity, ethics, solidarity and the common good should always be at the center of economic policies implemented by public institutions. These are expected to discourage, through appropriate measures, those instruments that, directly or indirectly, are a cause of usury, such as gambling, another scourge. I saw and heard of old women in Buenos Aires, who went to the bank to receive their pension and from there they went straight to the gambling establishment. It is a pathology that takes hold of you and kills you!” - Pope Francis
Dive into the following resources on the harms of sports gambling:
- The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Article: How sports betting has increased predatory gambling across the U.S.
- Catholic Spirit Article: Legalizing sports wagers: Entertainment or enslavement?
- NY POST Article: Elderly nun sentenced to prison for gambling away elementary school’s funds
- Las Vegas Review-Journal Article: Gambling leads some to increased risk of suicide
- Scientific American Article: How the Brain Gets Addicted to Gambling
- Minnesota Reformer Column: Minnesotans need to open our eyes about problem gambling
- Campaign for Gambling-Free Kids Webinar: America's New Storm of Gambling Advertising: A Threat to Public Health
- Fact Sheet: Fight for Compassion and Fairness for All Citizens: Why Rejecting Commercialized Sports Gambling Helps Break America’s Big Losing Streak
- Mayo Clinic Diseases and Conditions Information: Compulsive Gambling