From the SMH:
As the seven ancient wonders of the world were matched by seven modern wonders, the seven deadly sins have been given a modern version for a globalised world, announced by a Vatican official yesterday.Polluting, genetic engineering, obscene riches, taking drugs, abortion, pedophilia and causing social injustice join the original seven deadly sins defined by Pope Gregory the Great in the sixth century: pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and sloth.
Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, responsible for absolving Catholics from their sins, named the new mortal sins in an interview with the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, yesterday.
He did not spell out details but said the original seven deadly sins had an individualistic dimension, while the new seven had a social resonance and showed worshippers that their vices affected other people.
“New sins have appeared on the horizon of humanity as a corollary of the unstoppable process of globalisation,” he said.
God was offended not only by stealing, blaspheming or coveting your neighbour’s wife but by ruining the environment, conducting immoral scientific experiments and genetic manipulation.
Traditional Catholic doctrine divides sins into mortal and venial (lesser) and holds that mortal sins, if unrepented, lead to eternal damnation. The Catholic catechism says “mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law”, while venial sin allows charity to subsist but offends and wounds it.
So, in other words, the concept of “sin” is at bottom just one big argumentum ad baculum. Don’t actually try to put any thought whatsoever into why you should do x and avoid doing y. Just blindly obey out of fear of making Magic Man angry and being condemned to spending eternity in Teh Fiery Hot Bad Place with Teh Other Magic Man. How utterly vacuous.