Sunday, March 25, 2007


MANILA, Philippines: A Catholic bishop known for his antigambling advocacy strongly criticized a fellow bishop and a group of nuns Sunday for attending a gaming exhibit, where the nuns were caught on TV cameras while trying out slot machines and blackjack.

Filipino Archbishop Oscar Cruz said it was improper for Bishop Antonio Tobias and the nuns to attend last week's Manila exhibit which featured new gaming technology given the Philippine Catholic church's strong stand against all forms of gambling.

Tobias, who took along the nuns, was invited to say a prayer Thursday at the opening of the Manila gaming expo which was partly sponsored by the state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gambling Corp., company spokesman Edward King said.

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