March 13, 2008

The sin of modernizing sin

Seven is a lovely number, and I continue to do my bit to embrace at least several of the seven deadly sins and call them my own.

Modernizing time-tested sins is a travesty, a sin, might I suggest, in and of itself.

Pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and sloth eloquently and succinctly cover everything it is to be human.

Yet, in its wisdom, the Vatican has finally decided to take a giant leap into the 21st century by fiddling about with the seven sturdy sins.

For truly spurious reasons, the Catholic Church has added a not at all roll-off-your-tongue set of seven politicized and emotive sins: polluting, genetic engineering, obscene riches, taking drugs, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice.

“Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, responsible for absolving Catholics from their sins, named the new mortal sins in an interview with the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

He did not spell out details but said the original seven deadly sins had an individualistic dimension, while the new seven had a social resonance and showed worshippers that their vices affected other people.”

"New sins have appeared on the horizon of humanity as a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalisation"

Well, no, none of the *new sins* are new, nor are they newly sinner-like, nor has globalisation engendered new means or motives for sinning.

The beauty of the original (and best) was precisely the individualistic dimension, the individual accountability and responsibility for keeping an eye on one’s own worst failings, rather than perpetually looking over our shoulders at others.

(The random thought: don't shit on your own doorstep, comes to mind.)

The inelegance of these newly contrived sins is offensive enough, but do please also notice the blatantly ambiguous nature of them, the wobbly, wiggly essence that corrupts any conviction that might have been embedded within these *sins*.

Who amongst us shall define "obscene" riches, and how was this not already encompassed with the blunt and accurate accusation of "greed"?

Which drugs are now not for the taking - coffee, tea, wine, tobacco, Prozac, Xanax, methadone?

Polluting? The train I catch to work contributes to pollution, as does my commitment to having my clothes dry cleaned. In fact, merely washing my clothes at home contributes to pollution.

And, hey, how about a big show of hands from all those folk who believe they actively "cause" social injustice?

Genetic engineering? I'll gamble that the Vatican has a wonderful garden of flowers, perhaps roses included, many or all of which have been genetically engineered, not to mention the odd potato or wheat-made bread served up to the Pope for dinner.

Given the extent to which the church has protected and coddled its own pedophiles, the inclusion of pedophilia in the new list is almost more distasteful than ironic.

BTW: murder is merely a mortal sin, in case you were wondering. Confess to a priest and you will be absolved.


  1. Another beat up by the msm Caz.

    I smelt a rat so decided to do a bit of googling myself.

    There are no new seven deadly sins!

    That list did not come from any official church document,rather it came from an interview with an Italian Bishop. A bishop who lacks any real authority in the church, anyway.

    Check out "Lying About Sin? Media Botch another Vatican story" by Matthew Balan

  2. Phil Lawler of Catholic World News
    blasted the media for their irresponsible reporting of the interview.
    He also said "When a second tier Vatican Official gives a newspaper interview, he is not proclaiming new church doctrines. Archbishop Girotti was obviously trying to offer a new, provocative perspective on some enduring truths. The effort backfired, but in a very revealing way."

    And as Mattew Balan says Caz,"
    Of course, the mainstream media, fixated as they are on climate change, are going to hype up Bishop Girotti's mentioning of pollution as a new form of social sin,"

  3. Sheesh Kath, that's pathetic - on the part of the media, but also the Bishop. Hope he's not one of the church's PR managers.

  4. A pox on the bishop and the media for this debacle.

  5. Damn, it's a beat up!

    More sins more penance - it's that simple - of course our good Father Park would agree.

    Let's make it 127 mortal sins and have a really good time.