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No mo' B-i-n-g-o.

Who knew bingo was against the law? If Catholics in the Diocese of Little Rock didn't know it before, they know it now. Bishop J. Peter Sartain sent a letter to all parishes in the diocese asking pastors to put a stop to the popular fundraiser, Channel 5 News in Fayetteville, Arkansas reports.

Bingo, because it is a form of gambling, has been against state law for years, but law enforcement officials apparently had turned a blind eye to the violation in the past. But in order to stay within the law, which is a good thing for churches to do, the diocese decided that parishes should find alternative ways to raise money.

It was not clear whether the popular children's song about Bingo the dog would also be banned, but early reports indicate the folk tune is safe so far.
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Title Annotation:Catholic tastes
Author:Dix, Tara
Publication:U.S. Catholic
Date:Oct 1, 2004
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