Looks like they might have to remake the movie Se7en, because the Vatican just added a whole shebang of new sins — hot, fresh, and updated for the modern world. The list was overhauled in response to the Pope deploring the “decreasing sense of sin” in today’s “secularized world” as well as falling numbers of Roman Catholics going to confession.
What's new on the list? Pollution, drugs, and genetic manipulations, for starters. According to the new rulings, genetic manipulations are considered violations of the fundamental rights of human nature, drugs "weaken the mind and obscure intelligence," — and all this is combined with the widening social and economic differences between the rich and the poor "cause an unbearable social injustice."
Why the update? To find out,
. In the increased age of global communication, while sin in the past was thought of as an individual matter, it now has “social resonance.” Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Vatican body said “you offend God not only by stealing, blaspheming, or coveting your neighbor’s wife, but also by ruining the environment, carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments, or allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA or compromise embryos."
Was it high time for an update? Do you agree with the new additions?