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Father Kenneth Doyle
Questions may be sent to Father Kenneth Doyle at and 40 Hopewell St., Albany, NY 12208.

January 24, 2022
Question: Years ago — when I was a member of a Protestant denominational church — it seemed as though the preacher and the congregation were almost always doing fundraising for various building projects. During one of these drives, a member of our congregation won the state lottery for $20 million and donated a million of it to the church. Though having preached for years against vices such as gambling, the preacher and congregation accepted it. What would be the Catholic view of such winnings donated by a Catholic to a local parish? Accept it or not? (Indiana) Answer: Various religions have various positions on the morality of gambling. In the Catholic Church’s view, gambling is not intrinsically evil. As stated…
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