Vatican Creates New List of Deadly Sins

Ad Feedback - You may be familiar with the Seven Deadly Sins -- transgressions such as laziness, pride and greed -- that list was created 1,500 years ago.

Now the Vatican has made a second list of deadly sins to reflect modern times.

Drugs, pollution, genetic manipulation and social and economic injustices are the new areas of sinful behavior.

In an interview published Sunday by the Vatican's daily newspaper, Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti said sins increasingly manifest themselves as behavior that damages society as a whole.

"While sin used to concern mostly the individual, today it has mainly a social resonance, due to the phenomenon of globalization," said Girotti, who heads the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican body that issues decisions on matters of conscience and grants absolutions.

Catholic teaching distinguishes between lesser venial sins and mortal sins.

Girotti also denounced "certain violations of the fundamental rights of human nature through experiments, genetic manipulations."

He also mentioned drugs - which "weaken the mind and obscure intelligence" - pollution, and the widening social and economic differences between the rich and the poor.

Girotti said the Catholic Church continued to be concerned by other sinful acts, including abortion and pedophilia.

He said Church authorities had reacted with "rigorous measures" to child abuse scandals within the clergy, but he also claimed that the issue had been excessively emphasized by the media.

Source: The Associated Press

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