Bishops make World Series wager

Items at stake in World Series bet.

With the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers facing off in this year’s World Series two bishops are paying close attention.

The St. Louis Review is reporting that St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made a friendly wager over the games with former Cardinals fan Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth, Texas, home of the Texas Rangers.

Bishop Vann may want to root for both teams since he has strong ties to the St. Louis area. A native of Springfield, Ill., he grew up watching the Springfield Cardinals, which was then a farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals. He also spent his seminary years in St. Louis at the Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

But a bet’s a bet. And if the Cardinals win, Bishop Vann will send Archbishop Carlson a taste of authentic Texas BBQ along with a Stetson cowboy hat. If the Rangers take the title, Archbishop Carlson will send Bishop Vann a sampler of St. Louis favorites, including toasted ravioli, pretzels, locally-brewed beer and root beer, as well as a Cardinals baseball cap.

The winner will also receive a donation for the local Catholic Charities: $10 for every run scored throughout the series.

4 Responses

  1. This is really sad. While there’s nothing wrong with a friendly bet on the World Series, why succumb to a purely secular type of bet as has been the habit of bishops in recent years?

    As spiritual fathers and two of America’s prelates, should they not Christianize those bets as an example to their children? While offering a Mass for the soul of the winner might border on simony, offering X rosaries would not. Or better yet, how about prayer and fasting for the soul of the winner?

  2. I thought that the charitable donation qualified, Cassandra.

  3. The Church is about the people in the pews. The people are watching the world series. This is a wonderful example in the Church. Not only are the bishops wagering a bet that involves regional favorites. They are also making a contribution to those who need the help. Isn’t that what the Church is about? Would that we all could learn this lesson!

  4. Cassandra, I think there are 2 reasons why they don’t follow your suggestion: 1) to try to place spiritual things on the outcome of a silly wager about a sports game would be to risk trivializing the spiritual things somewhat, and 2) everyone like Texas Barbeque.

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