Monday, 10 March 2008

Deadly sins for the modern age

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As suspected, those good folks in the Vatican really are making it up as they go along. For the first time in Catholic history the seven deadly sins have been brought up to date to accommodate the perceived ills of the modern world.

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."

The new sins can be listed as follows:
  • Paedophilia
  • Abortion
  • 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
To make a couple of observations, it's good of the Catholic Church to have noticed that paedophilia's a bad thing, and I think it's worth highlighting the attack on science represented by two of the new sins – no doubt the Vatican's definition of "morally debatable scientific experiments" is broader than most.

Will the concept of 14 deadly sins take off? It seems unlikely, as the names aren't quite as catchy as Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth. And does this mean there'll be a sequel to David Fincher's 1995 Oscar-nominated picture Seven, provisionally entitled Fourteen? Let's hope so...


Anonymous said...

There are no new sins. Check your sources better. If you want an accurate account of something related to the Catholic Church, why not go directly to the source? My guess is that like so many 'humanists' you have no need for the truth.

You may now return to your anger filled life.........

Anonymous said...

Having read a number of topics on here, it is obvious that you like so many 'humanists' are buying into the lies you are told. Take for instance just this one story which you have completly gotten wrong. Look here please.

You seem to have a profound ignorance of Christianity and Catholicism in particular. You are blinded by your own anger and pride. I found so many errors in how you portray Catholicism it's pathetic. As easy as it was to show you the truth on this one single topic, the same is true for so much of what you write on here.

How about a little intellectual honesty. How about looking for the truth? That means looking at both sides of the issue from legitimate sources and not just the ignorant people with agendas who feed you your information.

A blog like this is both entertaining to read for the folly of errors it contains but sad at the same time that otherwise intelligent people are so blinded by their own pride and ego.

Anonymous said...

Their are no new deadly sins as the first post stated. The religion is run off of one book but in reality the people are ADDING to a book that has already been basically played with like a game a tellie for about oh...I don't know...since it was invented?

This new "deadly sins" Are actually just "oh shit" laws that will create the people who follow them into a fear of going to hell by buying a candy bar cheaper at one store than the other.

All I got out of it was Pope Benedict (Or ricky as I call him) is a complete twat and deserves nothing but a slap in the face from god.

Anonymous said...

" people are ADDING to a book that has already been basically played with like a game a tellie for about oh...I don't know...since it was invented?"

What is being added to the Bible? I'm assuming that you are referring to the Bible here. By the way, the Bible was assembled by the Catholic Church in the 4th century. The Church decided which scriptures were inspired and which were not. The Bible was not "invented"......aye

Anonymous said...

Have you seen this site? People are confessing their modern sins online at