Vatican updates thou-shalt-not list

By | March 11, 2008

In olden days, the deadly sins included lust, gluttony and greed. Now, the Catholic Church says pollution, mind-damaging drugs and genetic experiments are on its updated thou-shalt-not list. Also receiving fresh attention by the Vatican was social injustice, along the lines of the age-old maxim: “The rich get richer while the poor get poorer.”

n the Vatican’s latest update on how God’s law is being violated in today’s world, Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, was asked by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano what, in his opinion, are the “new sins.”He cited “violations of the basic rights of human nature” through genetic manipulation, drugs that “weaken the mind and cloud intelligence,” and the imbalance between the rich and the poor.

“If yesterday sin had a rather individualistic dimension, today it has a weight, a resonance, that’s especially social, rather than individual,” said Girotti, whose office deals with matters of conscience and grants absolution.

It’s not the first time that the Vatican has sought to put a modern spin on sin. Last year, the Vatican took on the problem of highway accidents, issuing a kind of “Ten Commandments” for drivers against the sins of road rage, alcohol abuse and even rudeness behind the wheel. – yahoo

One thought on “Vatican updates thou-shalt-not list

  1. Pam Nielsen

    I am not Catholic but I feel good that an organization with so much power and influence, which has such a terrible and horrible history of unjustness and hypocracy, acknowledges that maybe the basic principles of our Creator (who or whatever each individual believes in) involves caring for “ALL”, not just those who have membership in a certain religion or organization. And by making a stand on road rage and disrespect towards others no matter who they are…Catholic or non-Catholic we can practice patience and compassion instead of arrogance and self-rightousness.

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