Was actually waiting for the release of WordPress 2.5 but I never expected to read about the update made to the seven deadly sins according to the Catholic Church.
Just as the ancient wonders of the world were matched by seven modern wonders, the deadly sins have a 21st-century version.
Polluting, genetic engineering, obscene riches, taking drugs, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice join the original seven deadly sins defined by Pope Gregory the Great in the sixth century: pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and sloth.
We thank the famous classical writer Dante for popularizing these 7 sins in the human memory. So what are the new 7 deadly sins? There are various versions of the new list but they are summarized in this one:
- Genetic engineering
- obscene wealth
- taking drugs
- causing social injustice
I simly called it “Sins 2.0” hence the title of this entry. The original list referred to a more individualistic approach but now in our modern world of globalisation, internet and web 2.0 sins have taken a more “global” or wider dimension.
Science vs Religion…again
The reactions in the blogosphere are varied and interesting. Jam notes that the first two depicted well yet again another science and religion conflict. Eye on DNA, a leading blog about genetics and health, helps out the Vatican by further extending the list with particular focus on genetic engineering. And here I am dreaming of being a geneticist one day…thanks
Darth Pope Gregory!
Making money off the internets
Interesting and something I find a bit more intriguing is the addition of having “obscene wealth” to the new list. Watch out Bill Gates and the rest of the world’s billionaires, God and the Vatican’s eyes are on you. The same goes for the Google gods Larry Page and Sergey Brin and M$ bigman Steve Ballmer, told ya Micro$oft is evil! Now I wonder, if becoming a dot com mogul like John Chow, Jeremy Schoemaker, Kevin Rowse, Yuga and the other top probloggers would also fall as sin under this category? I’m just thinking out loud here, okay?
Father, forgive me.
But wait, isn’t that priests are amongst the wealthiest in our community too? They drive around the parishes in SUVs, they have the latest Nokia phones, they recieve fat envelopes from source of evil in this country and so on. Are they sinners too?
an even more inconvenient truth
Something more welcoming on the other hand is inclusion of polluting as a deadly sin. Well if Al Gore’s documentary/Hollywood film about the impending doom of our planet doesn’t wake you up perhaps the floods and landslides in the Bicol region will be enough to convince you that it’s time to clean up our acts. Imagine that, first sins of commission and ommision, and now sins of emission!
I just hope that this would help the environmental movement, I want my grandson’s grandchildren to see a real flowing river that’s clean and safe enough to bathe in.
When was the last time you had a confession? Frankly, I can’t remember mine. Apparently, the decline in practice of this sacrament is what has led Pope Benedict VXI to update the list of deadly sins. And this is at the crux of this whole new update, Joe Buckley drives home a sharp point;
The seven deadly sins are still deadly. The Vatican’s attempt to make confession more relevant, if that’s what this is, will fail badly in the case of the American laity, because it appears to merely make Political CorrectnessTM a virtue. It has the unfortunate effect of trivializing sin and the sacrament of confession.
It reminds me of my very first confession back in my 3rd grade of elementary school. We hardly understood all the previous rituals and prayers the priest had us recite and perform. Things got exciting and difficult when we were told to write down all of our sins on a piece of paper which later would be burned, which in turn would grant us pardon by the Big Guy in the sky.
Can you write all of your sins on a single piece of paper? When I ask all sins, I mean ALL sins because back then, we were whispering to each other if we included this particular bad thing we did yesterday or that awful naughty thing we did last week and so on. The same questions I asked myself, do I include the one when I took 10 pesos from my mom’s wallet or when I bought some fancy toy instead of the stuff I needed for my school project? Some of my classmates were even copying what others have written on their paper!
So Joe has a good point, requiring people to step into a booth with a man in a skirt, I mean robes and confessing up their sins trivializes the whole thing. I say, why bother to tell the priest if God himself knows every little thing we do and in the times we give in and follow our conscience, say silently and sincerely to ourselves, even if not in the presence of others, we’re sorry and we repent for our wrongdoings.
A good discussion by Ed Morrisey in Hot Air about confession and the new seven sins could wrap this up for now:
It’s an exercise I find challenging, unpleasant, but necessary on at least an occasional basis. A hazy and private “My bad!” to God every once in a while doesn’t force me into that level of introspection. With a priest, I know that the actual verbalization of these issues will go no farther, and he acts as a mechanism between penitent and God to ensure that process occurs at all.
However, the addition of sins based on political correctness demeans the process. If pollution is a sin, do I have to give up driving a car? Lighting my house? Burning wood in the fireplace? Or is there a level at which sin arises; if so, will the Vatican provide the formulas? It’s silly, because excessive consumption is already covered by gluttony. This looks like a desperate attempt at temporal relevancy when the Church should be concerned about eternal truths. It’s like watching your parents try to rap.
If the Vatican wonders why Catholics feel that reconciliation has become less relevant, perhaps it’s because the Church tries to impose faddish notions of sin on its members. If the Vatican doesn’t take sin and repentance seriously, why should Catholics?