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CDO archbishop opposes new casino

CDO archbishop opposes new casino

Archbishop Antonio Ledesma of Cagayan De Oro. CBCPNews

MANILA— Concerned over its potential negative effects, a Catholic archbishop is speaking out against the possibility of a new casino in his community.

“We cannot turn a blind eye to the negative effects that gambling institutions will create in our society,” saidArchbishop Antonio Ledesma.

The prelate’s objection to the move comes on the heels of Limketkai Sons Inc.’s reported plans to build a new gaming site within its commercial complex in the heart of the Cagayan de Oro City.

And because it is in front of an educational institution and near places of worship, he warned “it could result in the erosion of the value system of our young people”.

Claiming that it could have “negative effects” on the community, he said he would also oppose any gaming site set up anywhere in the province.

The Catechism of the Church, he said cautions the faithful against the “gambling culture” which leads to various problems and “immoralities”, from which many people and families suffer.

Emphasizing that gambling is a moral issue, the local Church opposes all forms of gambling, legal or otherwise.

Echoing the statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in 2015, Ledesma said the archdiocese is also against the expansion of casinos in the country.

Ledesma also enjoined the faithful and local officials to help create a “just and humane society”, where recreation is for the “integral growth of the person”.

“…And tourism will showcase the innate beauty of the city without resorting to any means that would degenerate the values and dignity of our people,” he said. CBCPNews