Some (Not Exactly) New Sins

Just in time for Holy Week - a few new sins.

Everyone knows the seven basics: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, anger, envy and pride. But the Vatican office in charge of sins and penance recently put a more communal spin on the subject, saying a globalized world requires more focus on evils that are communal. That means things like drug abuse, becoming too wealthy and destroying the environment. Will this have an impact?

By Michelle Boorstein |  March 17, 2008; 8:36 AM ET
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Benedictus post missam regressus
Deponit mitram ingentem defessus.
Postea rursus incedit
Et incaute in illam consedit,
Quam nunc colit, amore possessus.

Benedictum dum taedebat homiliae diutissimi
Se oblectebat sub tecto capae capacissimi.
Sic baptizavit diacones altarium,
Per ritum extraordinarium
Ex fonte doctrinae pristinissimi.

Benedictus capam gerebat mensura insanam,
Quam ferebat cantatores in missam quotidianam.
Illum improviso de gradu dejectum
Illi prolapsi ruerunt directum.
Et nunc pedit cantionem Gregorianam.

Posted by: Balaam's Ass | March 17, 2008 07:46 PM

Benedictus post missam regressus
Deponit mitram ingentem defessus.
Postea rursus incedit
Et incaute in illam consedit,
Quam nunc colit, amore possessus.

Benedictum dum taedebat homiliae diutissimae
Se oblectebat sub tecto capae capacissimae.
Sic baptizavit diacones altarium,
Per ritum extraordinarium
Ex fonte doctrinae pristinissimae.

Benedictus capam gerebat mensura insanam,
Quam ferebat cantatores in missam quotidianam.
Illum improviso de gradu dejectum
Illi prolapsi ruerunt directum.
Et nunc pedit cantionem Gregorianam.

Posted by: Balaam's Ass | March 17, 2008 07:47 PM

Seems like a good idea. Suppose for instance a large community had widespread sexual abuse of children in that community, and tolerance for that abuse within its ranks at all levels including the most senior. Following the Vatican's advice, this might be seen not as an individual sin but a social, even a communal, problem.

Posted by: Jon | March 18, 2008 12:52 AM

It would be interesting to see the "new" sins listed out by number and labeled with a few short words. I suspect there may also be a strong correllation between the new list and the old. Pollution is just a form of gluttony, after all.

Posted by: John D., Mount Vernon Farms | March 20, 2008 08:30 AM

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