March 12, 2008

New (and Contradictory) Sins

(For the record, I am not Catholic and do not subscribe to much of the theology and hierarchy. I am just observant.)

The Vatican released a list of new sins for the 21st Century. These do not take the place of the old standards, but add onto it. The new ones are:
  • Environmental pollution
  • Genetic manipulation
  • Accumulating excessive wealth
  • Inflicting poverty
  • Drug trafficking and consumption
  • Morally debatable experiments
  • Violation of fundamental rights of human nature

Okay, some of these are just common sense as bad. Numbers 3, 4, 5 and 7 are blatantly so. I don't think that numbers 1 and 2 are good, but sins? Sometimes humans need to be the experiment. Trust me, I would jump at the chance to be a test subject if there was a chance that my kidney problems would go away!

Then there is number 6 - Becoming Obscenely Wealthy. Isn't that what the Catholic Church is known for? They have more money than....Sorry I can't type it!

To top that, there is a report that the Papal Visit to DC in April is going to cost upwards of $3 Million. How is that for obscene wealth!


  1. Great minds... That was exactly what I said when I heard the "obscene wealth" bit.

  2. Ridiculous.

    1) genetic modification: umm, like to make our crops more resistant to pests, or to make a type of grain that can grow in a dry sub-Saharan climate? Or perhaps to deactivate a gene that we understand to cause cancer?

    2) carrying out experiments on humans: you already covered this one. Also, I made much-needed money after college participating in studies!

    3) polluting the environment: seriously, what are the criteria for all these? Because we all pollute, just by living!

    and so forth

    I guess that's why we're supposed to see a priest for absolution and to learn just how sinful we're actually being.

    "Forgive me, Father, for I exhaled 1,126 times today."