new improved sins

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on March 10, 2008


After 1,500 years the Vatican has brought the seven deadly sins up to date by adding seven new ones for the age of globalization. The list, published yesterday in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, came as the Pope deplored the “decreasing sense of sin” in today’s “secularized world” and the falling numbers of Roman Catholics going to confession.
The new deadly sins include polluting, genetic engineering, being obscenely rich, drug dealing, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice.

 HT to Fox News.

My first reaction is to wonder in what language the original list was written. Phrases like “obscenely rich” and “causing social injustice” can mean different things, and one wonders about the nuance behind the original expression.
Now, Just about all of these “sins” can merit comments. Maybe the Catholic church is thinking of moving its headquarters to hell.

 We can talk about something where all have sinned, or who should throw the first stone. If you ride in a car, wear synthetic fibers, through away anything, use a less than perfect sewer system ( or a functioning one on a rainy day with overflows), then you have polluted.
genetic engineering
Here again, there is semantics galore. Much of the food we eat is at least tweaked abit by genetic breeding. At the very least, this is something Euros get twitchy about that doesn’t concern most Americans.
being obscenely rich
This is one where I really wonder what the original Italian said. Compared to much of the world, my 900sf house is a palace. However, compared to many of my neighbors, I am lower middle class. Perhaps the emphasis should be on greed, selfishness, and how you gain this wealth. The tenth commandment says something about coveting. This is the forgotten commandment in this day of prosperity ministers.
drug dealing

Is there a distinction between legal and illegal drugs here? If you go by the damage that substances cause, then this rule will speak to bartenders and the clerk who sells cigarettes. Not to mention the media outlets who advertise cigarettes and beer, the legislators who condone these substances while prosecuting potheads, and a whole host of others.
The legally based war on drugs is a disaster in this country. Do we really need to drag the Catholic church into it?
If Mary had gotten an abortion, would Christians worship a vacuum cleaner?
When you up pedophile in the dictionary, you see a picture of a Catholic priest.
causing social injustice

Can we have a better translation of this? Spell check suggestions for this feature:
globalization- verbalization, cannibalization, glottalization, liberalization, localization
abit- bait, habit, ambit, obit
Euros- eros


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  1. Matt Hanson said, on March 10, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Good writing. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed my Google News Reader..

    Matt Hanson

  2. Jimyc said, on March 24, 2008 at 6:36 am

    i am gonna show this to my friend, brother

  3. Lukezh said, on April 5, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    thats for sure, dude

  4. Sin Of The Day « Chamblee54 said, on March 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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