The Crap that is the Vactican’s New List of Seven “Social Sins” [Check the Comments]

I heard this about this on RedEye last night and read it at Soob’s blog this morning and just now at

These are the new seven “social sins” (text cut from the post):

1. “Bioethical” violations such as birth control

2. “Morally dubious” experiments such as stem cell research

3. Drug abuse

4. Polluting the environment

5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor

6. Excessive wealth

7. Creating poverty

Notably missing from the list: is the molesting/rape of alter boys (mentioned on Redyeye), and covering up aka facilitating the molesting/rape of alter boys.

This is one reason why the Catholic Church has lost adherents in the US (the numbers only stay up through immigration of catholics from south of the border). The church still has come to terms on this. Until it deals with this, the church’s priest leadership has no moral voice or authority over a fallen catholic like myself. I am a Post-Catholic nowadays, I guess.

Anyways, the new sins are crap. Really, they are mostly political. Many are socialistic.

Here they are one-by-one:

1. “Bioethical” violations such as birth control

I don’t have a problem with people using birth control. More people should. Note I love babies: I hope to have a family and father many of them at some point.

2. “Morally dubious” experiments such as stem cell research

I am all for stem cell research.

3. Drug abuse

This really falls under the expansive view of the gluttony sin withthe sloth sin mixed in. Drug Abuse (eg.g meth, heroine, coke) is bad. I agree.

4. Polluting the environment

This is political and not a moral issue. I suspect the Church leaders would define this the same way the watermelons do (green on the outside, red on the inside) and use it to further the leftist agenda.

5. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor

Idiotic. The world is getting richer across the border but lots of primates just care about is that someone has more bananas. Hey this is envy isn’t it?

6. Excessive wealth

Another point on the leftist agenda. Of course envy is deadly sin. So does this supered envy? Idiotic.

7. Creating poverty
Somehow I don’t think the church means getting pregnant young, hanging out in gangs, skipping school, not getting an education, and supporting implementing anti-entrepreneurial policies, high tax rates, and government central planning. I suspect the church means supporting entrepreneurs, the capitalist system, and classical liberalism.

Final count: 7 new sins; 4 of them pro-leftist. Only one of the 7 get the purpleslog stamp of approval.

Every time I think about going back to the church they piss me off and push me away.

Update: TDAXP has a post too.

Updated to remove typos and correct grammar.


5 Responses

  1. this list is incorrect, out of context, and completely twisted by the media. You show your complete ignorance in re-printing them, and commenting on them. (this story has no link to the Vatican at all, but based off an interview with a Catholic Bishop)

    The actual list and its context, aren’t anything that any thinking person could disagree with: liberal or conservative, its about examining your conscience in a modern context.

  2. Kussowrds,

    I am not familiar with the book or with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

    I cribbed this from wikipedia:

    Teilhard’s primary book, The Phenomenon of Man, set forth a sweeping account of the unfolding of the cosmos. He abandoned traditional interpretations of creation in the Book of Genesis in favor of a less strict interpretation. This displeased certain officials in the Roman Curia, who thought that it undermined the doctrine of original sin developed by Saint Augustine. Teilhard’s position was opposed by his church superiors, and his work was denied publication during his lifetime by the Roman Holy Office. Pope John XXIII rehabilitated him posthumously, and, since then, his works have been considered an important influence on the contemporary church’s stance on evolution.

    Teilhard views evolution as a process that leads to increasing complexity. From the cell to the thinking animal, a process of psychical concentration leads to greater consciousness.[2] The emergence of Homo Sapiens marked the beginning of a new age. Reflection, the power acquired by consciousness to turn in upon itself, raises humankind to a new sphere.[3] Borrowing Julian Huxley’s expression, Teilhard describes humankind as evolution becoming conscious of itself.[4]

    Eventually, trade and the transmission of ideas increased. Traditions became organized and a collective memory was developed.[5] Knowledge accumulated and was transmitted down the ages.[6] This led to a further augmentation of consciousness and to the emergence of a thinking layer that enveloped the earth.[7] Teilhard called the new layer the “noosphere” (from the Greek “nous,” meaning mind). Evolution is therefore constructing, with all minds joined together, mind.[8]

    The development of science and technology caused an expansion of the human sphere of influence, allowing a person to be simultaneously present in every corner of the world. Humanity has thus become cosmopolitan, stretching a single organized membrane over the Earth.[9] Teilhard described this process as a “gigantic psychobiological operation, a sort of mega-synthesis, the “super-arrangement” to which all the thinking elements of the earth find themselves today individually and collectively subject.”[10] The rapid expansion of the noosphere requires a new domain of psychical expansion, which “is staring us in the face if we would only raise our heads to look at it.”[11]

    In Teilhard’s view, evolution will culminate in the Omega Point, a sort of supreme consciousness. Layers of consciousness will converge in Omega, fusing and consuming them in itself.[12] The concentration of a conscious universe would reassemble in itself all consciousnesses as well as all the conscious.[13] Teilhard emphasized that each particular consciousness would remain conscious of itself at the end of the operation.[14]

    I will add The Phenomenon of Man to my to-read list.

  3. Kusswords…yes I can get past the fact he is French. I think.

  4. Serious…

    I stand by my statement.

    The issuer is a high ranking Vactican official in charge of training priest. The “new” sins (especially the pro-leftist ideology ones) are being instructed to priest to use.

    Read this link:

    The new mortal sins were listed by Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti at the end of a week-long training seminar in Rome for priests, aimed at encouraging a revival of the practice of confession – or the Sacrament of Penance in Church jargon.

    Even better:
    The archbishop brushed off cases of sexual violence against minors committed by priests as “exaggerations by the mass media aimed at discrediting the Church”.

    The political nature:
    It was interesting that these remarks came from the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary,” he said. “I can’t remember a time when it was so concerned about issues such as environmental pollution and social injustice. It’s a new way of thinking.”

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