I don’t know if you had heard, but now, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, there are several new ways for one to get on the naughty list. In addition to the seven deadly ones best described by Dante in The Inferno and generally held as common knowledge by millions of people, we now have even more fun for a much more modern world. Just last week, Lust, Gluttony, Avarice (Greed), Sloth, Wrath (Anger), Envy, and Pride, opened up their family to seven more sins by order of the Vatican.
Here they are, folks, readâ€˜em and weep; Drug abuse, Polluting the environment, or environmental responsibility, contributing to widening divide between rich and poor, excessive wealth, creating poverty,
“Bioethical” violations such as birth control and Morning After pills, “Morally dubious” experiments such as stem cell research and cloning.
I should add that this list is not an order of a hierarchy of sins. Throwing trash out your car window is no less sinful than popping too many muscle relaxers.
I have no problem with this because more sins means more temptation and temptation is so much fun.
After all it has been 1,500 years since the Vatican has brought the seven deadly sins into the modern world of cell phones and SUV’s. According to the L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, apparently the Pope is feeling the weight of his big pointy hat because of the “decreasing sense of sin” in today’s “secularized world”.
While these new sins may only be venial, which is less serious the original mortal sins that were set down in writing by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th century, they still seem to me as a means to further complicate an already complicated world.
If you examine the essence of these new sins it becomes apparent that all they are is sub-categories of their bigger brothers of badness. Drug abuse is really just an extension of gluttony, all that jazz about “morally dubious” sciences falls into the realms of pride and so does the whole environmental irresponsibility when you think about it. And clearly all the new money sins fall in the realm of greed. Do we really need the new language to tell us what sinful creatures we are?
It is especially interesting to notice the carefully constructed attacks on various political parties these new sins represent.
In essence the Catholic Church has just declared war on capitalism by damning excessive wealth, all the while their own bishops and arch-dioceses live in a better standard than ever before. I also find it interesting that during a time when a hot political topic for many states is putting child molesters to death, nowhere in these new sins is there any mention of pedophilia. Surely with the record of boy loving priests in the media, couldn’t the Vatican could have mentioned that?
An even bigger conundrum is that while they disapprove of birth control and other preventive measures of ensuring the world is not packed with rug rats underfoot, they call pollution a sin, which is funny when you consider an over populated society produces a lot of trash. Overall, while I respect the need to feel contemporary, I say if it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it.