Religion and Spirituality


Vatican Identifies Seven New Deadly Sins

March 10, 2008 03:39 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Extreme wealth, not recycling and taking illegal drugs are among the modern transgressions now viewed as mortal sins by the Holy See.

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As Catholics near the conclusion of Lent, the annual 40 days of repentance and reflection ending with Easter, the Vatican has decided to add a new list of activities to its previously seven mortal sins.

Bishop Gianfranco Girotti of the Vatican explained to the Times of London that priests must consider “new sins which have appeared on the horizon of humanity as a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalization.”

However, the Holy See isn’t the only one finding innovative misdeeds. Genetics consultant Hsien-Hsien Lei has suggested her own seven deadly sins of genetics, which includes “believing that genes are deterministic.”

And the “Seven Vices Best Avoided in Ecclesiastical Pronouncements” described on the Web site of U.K. paper The Daily Telegraph include “babyishness” and “over-familiarity.”

The author of the My USA blog thought the church should stay out of American politics, after saying the new sins sounded similar to accusations Democrats have leveled against Republicans.

Pope Gregory, who died in 604, was the first to describe the seven deadly sins, or those that if committed could only be forgiven with confession. Those who did not confess their sins to a priest and receive absolution would be damned.

The addition of these new, modern cardinal sins comes at a time when 60 percent of Italy’s Catholics say they no longer attend confession.

Headline Link: ‘Seven New Deadly Sins: Are You Guilty?’

Reaction: More sins to consider

Reference: The original seven deadly sins and a Catholicism guide


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