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Mass. Catholic Conference urges gambling veto

November 18, 2011

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BOSTON—The Massachusetts Catholic Conference is urging Gov. Deval Patrick to veto a bill legalizing casino gambling.

The conference sent Patrick a letter Friday saying expanding gambling "threatens the moral fabric of our society" and won't help the state's economy.

The letter says the Catholic Church is not against gambling for entertainment in moderation, but that the revenue generated by what it calls "predatory" gambling will come mostly from addicts who can't afford it.

It says the state economy is recovering without casinos, and other states haven't found gambling to be a reliable revenue source.

Patrick is expected to sign the bill next week, but it's possible he could use his line-item veto on certain sections. He said Friday he's still carefully reviewing the 160-page bill. He said: "I don't see any showstoppers yet."