How many of the new seven deadly sins have you committed this week?
To coincide with the Pope’s condemnation of the secularised world’s “decreasing sense of sin”, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano yesterday published seven new ones which, according to Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary (it “oversees confessions and plenary indulgences”, apparently), take account of “new sins which have appeared on the horizon of humanity as a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalisation.”
And here they are:
- Ruining the environment
- Carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments
- Allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA or compromise embryos
- Dealing or taking drugs
- Social injustice that causes poverty or the excessive accumulation of wealth by a few
Now, I’ll admit that some of these are bad things, albeit, a bit behind the times, but notice the sly addition of abortion, genetic manipulations and morally debatable scientific experiments. Just what constitutes a “morally debatable” experiment? And when did the Vatican become a shining example of morals anyway?
To say the least, its good to see them addressing a few topics (cough Paedophilia cough) in public writing and discourse. However, as I said, they’re way behind the times in addressing such topics as social injustice and ruining the environment as bad. I mean, if you’re going to have a list of things that are really, really bad… you should at least make them, ya know, really bad things.
Via: The Humanist