The New 7 Deadly Sins

On Monday, Chris Uggen had an interesting post on the new Seven Cardinal Sins.

according to bloomberg news, the vatican has crafted a brand new list of seven social sins to complement the seven cardinal vices catalogued in the sixth century.

The seven new social sins are:

  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

Uggen makes an entertaining comparison of this list with the old list:

i’d categorize excessive wealth and creating poverty as greed; drug abuse, pollution, and fostering inequality as gluttony; and, stem cell research as pride. i’m a little stuck on how to categorize birth control, but the harried father in me might define it as a combination of lust plus sloth.

*the original seven deadly sins are pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed, and sloth

Chris Uggen’s weblog

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