From Morning Edition, an NPR Newscast, August 13:"Catholic Church leaders in Italy are chagrined that a nearly $200 million lottery takes place Thursday. Church leaders say the drawing encourages greed, false hope and an idolatrous worship of money. Although entrants have about a one in 600 million chance of winning, there's no dearth of Italian municipalities entering."
Transcript and recording here
One can just imagine the conversation that took place.
"Your Holiness, our Priests are reporting that the take for collections is down 23%!"
"What? What is going on around here? Have the Priests all gone soft?"
"No your Holiness. People are spending their money on lottery tickets."
"Oh sure! And how much you think they'd give the Church if they won? Greedy bastards! Chasing money all the time! They know they got a snowball's chance in Hell of winning right? .... They're worshiping money at the altar of false hope. Hey... Wait a minute... Greed... False hope... Idolatrous worship... THAT'S OUR RACKET! Put some muscle on 'em boys! Declare an edict or something! I want this stopped!"