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.
Now, not being Catholic, I'm not really concerned with this to any great degree. Still, I'd love some more details about this and the rationale behind it. I have to assume that "genetic engineering" has a very specific meaning to the bishops who wrote that, or else the Catholic Church risks alienating a large swath of the scientific world. It would essentially tell the entire biological sciences community that their profession is a mortal sin. Is that what they did here? I'd say probably not, but then the news story isn't clear.
And what does "causing social injustice" mean? That starts sounding like some of the more liberal, social theology that's penetrated certain parts of the Catholic Church, so I'm even more curious what the details are in this.
So, Catholic readers . . . anyone know where I can get more details on this?