Maryland Catholic Conference background paper invites Catholics to responsibly consider slots referendum

October 22, 2008

The Maryland Catholic Conference on October 22 released a background paper on the November slots referendum that is intended to assist Catholic voters in their duty to responsibly consider Ballot Question 2.

“Consistent with our long-standing opposition to the legalization of slots, the Maryland Catholic Conference opposes Ballot Question 2,” said Richard J. Dowling, the Conference’s executive director. “At the same time, we recognize that the slots referendum is an issue of prudential judgment and that Catholic voters can legitimately disagree about it.”

“The real moral responsibility that Catholics have on the issue of slots is to go to the polls as educated voters,” Dowling added. “This background paper is intended to assist them in exercising that responsibility.”

The Conference is not a member of, nor is it represented by, any slots-related coalitions or organizations.

The background paper directs voters to the Maryland Budget and Tax Policy Institute’s “The Regular Person’s Guide to the Maryland Slot Machine Referendum,” an objective analysis of competing claims about the referendum’s impact.

The Maryland Catholic Conference represents the mutual public policy interests of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington. The state is home to about one million Catholics in nearly 300 parishes.

Mary Sullivan
Maryland Catholic Conference
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