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Failing to recycle plastic bags could find you spending eternity in Hell, the Vatican said after drawing up a list of seven deadly sins for our times.
The list originally drawn up by Pope Gregory the Great in the 6th Century included (a) envy (b) glutonny (c) greed (d) lust (e) wrath (f) pride (g) sadness, which was replaced by sloth in the 17th century.
The Vatican has outlined seven new deadly sins for our times, designed to make worshippers consider the increased impact their lives have on other people in light of globalisation. The new 7 deadly sins as announced by Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, a close ally of the Pope and the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, one of the Roman Curia’s main court:
(a) genetic modification
(b) carrying out experiments on humans
(c) polluting the environment
(d) causing social injustice
(e) causing poverty
(f) becoming obscenely wealthy and taking drugs.
According to Monsignor Girotti, “The sins of today have a social resonance as well as an individual one. In effect, it is more important than ever to pay attention to your sins.”
A lot of criticisms will definitely be coming, from Catholics and non-Catholics. Immediate questions in my mind (but don’t mean doubting and putting my faith at stake, by the way, I am a Roman Catholic) are on the Vatican’s right to update the list, how the nature of sinning changed since the 6th century, what about modern holy virtues, what are actually the most sinful stuff of this generation, and many others.