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Sylvia Calicanno wrote:

Hi, guys —

I have two questions.

One is my 27-year-old son wants to work in a marijuana field. I'm worried that will harm his soul.

  • Would it?

My next question is about betting on the lottery.

  • Is it offensive to My Lord?


  { Would working in a marijuana field harm his soul and does betting on the lottery offend the Lord? }

Eric replied:

Dear Sylvia,

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, number 2291:

II. Respect for the Dignity of Persons

Respect for health
2291 The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of, and trafficking in, drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practices gravely contrary to the moral law.

Even if one were to argue that marijuana is legal (which, in the United States, it is not due to Federal laws), not everything that is legal, is moral, so I would argue he is endangering his soul.

The Catechism also states:

Respect for the goods of others.
2413 Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others.

The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement. Unfair wagers and cheating at games constitute grave matter, unless the damage inflicted is so slight that the one who suffers it cannot reasonably consider it significant.


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