April 26, 2008

NOTE THOUGH... (via Lisa Huang Fleischman):

Seven New Deadly Sins: Suitably updated (P.J. O'Rourke, 04/14/2008, Weekly Standard)

Busy times for us sinners--there are now an additional Seven Deadly Sins. The fresh abominations in the eyes of the Lord were announced by Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Vatican body that oversees confessions and plenary indulgences. This organization goes by the contrition-inducing name of the Apostolic Penitentiary. In an article in the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Bishop Girotti detailed the seven new ways we can go to hell or, at the minimum, be sentenced to afterlife in purgatory at the Apostle Pen. The bishop's supersizing of the mortal transgression catalog is thoroughly up-to-date (as translated by the Times of London):

1. Drug abuse

2. Morally debatable experimentation

3. Environmental pollution

4. Causing poverty

5. Social inequality and injustice

6. Genetic manipulation

7. Accumulating excessive wealth

Not to argue theology with the Vatican, but environmental pollution is hardly among Satan's strongest temptations. Pollution is not a passion we resist with an agony of will for the sake of our immortal souls. I've been to parties where all seven of the original deadlies were on offer in carload lots. Never once have I heard a reveler shout with evil glee, "Let's dump PCBs in the Hudson River!"


...that "getting polluted" is slang for drunkenness.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 26, 2008 7:32 AM
Comments

Accumulating excessive wealth - should The Church be the arbiter of this?

Posted by: Sandy P at April 26, 2008 2:06 PM

1. Drug abuse
Done it.
2. Morally debatable experimentation
Heh, well there was this girl in college...
3. Environmental pollution
Does burning pressure-treated wood count? How about pouring used motor oil down a storm drain?
4. Causing poverty
Well, you got me on that one.
5. Social inequality and injustice
Does that mean I can't sneer at celebrities?
6. Genetic manipulation
Like breeding tomatoes?
7. Accumulating excessive wealth
Yes, please!

This one was more fun than the original ones.

Posted by: Bryan at April 26, 2008 8:26 PM

Bryan, I hope you like it hot; every one those items, except maybe the first, is doing unto others as you would not do to yourself. (Breeding tomatoes is not genetic manipulation. The Bible specifically condones breeding by making Jacob a hero for breeding cattle to build his fortune.)

I personally believe doing drugs harms others as much as yourself, especially your family. But the selfish would never see that, would they?

And before anyone laughs at the concept of excessive wealth, note that practically every billionaire is a leftwing nut.

Posted by: Randall Voth at April 27, 2008 6:04 AM
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