Sunday, January 3, 2010

Vatican updates list of mortal sins for globalization era

"If you are a drug addict, an oligarch, a scientist doing a stem cell research, if you pollute the environment, then it means that you will spend your life after death burning in hell. The Roman Catholic Church decided to expand the list of mortal sins against the background of the era of globalization.

The new list of mortal sins appeared on pages of the Vatican’s official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, responsible for absolving Catholics from their sins, named the new mortal sins in an interview with the newspaper.

The list runs as follows: pollution, genetic engineering, obscene riches, addiction to drugs, abortion, pedophilia and social injustice. All these sins join the original seven deadly sins defined by Pope Gregory the Great in the sixth century: pride, envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath and sloth."  (Read more)

You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” Deuteronomy 4:2 

"First and foremost, the “new” sin of polluting the environment raises at least one important theological question as well as others concerning the obvious alignment with the “green” environmental agenda of the New World Order presently being implemented by governments around the globe. Since the Bible does not mention the subject of pollution directly or even in principle, from whom or what authority did the Pope get the message that it is now a sin? The problem has been around for centuries so why all of a sudden did it become a sin and why was it not a sin last year?  Did God change His mind and let the Pope in on it so he could spread the message?

As far as the new sin of “obscene riches” is concerned, we must ask at what point does wealth become obscene? Who or what will make that determination and upon what authority will it be based? When a reporter on the ABC news program “Nightline” (3-10-08), was discussing the list of additional sins he seized the opportunity to take a jab at the opulence and great wealth of the Catholic Church itself! After all, those who live in glass houses…..!

Next is the sin of “causing social injustice.” Who is going to define what that means and the precise point at which it will be violated? Who will do the same for obscene riches or polluting the environment? Answer: The Roman Catholic Church upon its own authority and not the Word of God...

...And concerning the “use of drugs,” it is assumed that this refers to illegal abuse—something that we agree is definitely sinful behavior. But you can just about bet the farm the Roman Catholic Church will not extend it to include the abuse of alcohol! What is the essential difference? Unless statistics have changed drastically over the past few years, alcohol abuse continues to be at the very top of the list where financial loss to business/industry is concerned. It is said that it now costs American businesses about $134 billion in productivity losses nationally each year. Alcoholics and problem drinkers are absent from work 4 to 8 times more often than normal employees. When they do show up, substance abusers are 33 percent less productive. Furthermore, up to 40 percent of industrial fatalities can be linked to alcohol abuse. Between 38 and 50 percent of all workers’ compensation claims are related to substance abuse. So why should this not qualify for being just as sinful as abusing other types of drugs? This is but one example of how the RCC fails to go far enough in condemning sin." (