A senior adviser to The Pope has advocated a new list of seven deadly sins:
- Genetic modification
- Carrying out experiments on humans
- Polluting the environment
- Causing social injustice
- Causing poverty
- Becoming obscenely wealthy
- Taking drugs.
Leader-writers at The Telegraph are unimpressed:
"Some priests give the impression of having missed their vocation as therapists, social workers or eco-warriors. One such is Mgr Gianfranco Girotti, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, who has drawn up a new version of the Seven Deadly Sins: accumulating excessive wealth, taking drugs, polluting the environment. His list reads like a sixth-form essay. The original Seven Deadly Sins have haunted our conscience for centuries. They gave us Dante's Inferno and Bosch's hellish visions. More recently, they formed the basis of an eerie film starring Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey. Who would want to do the same with the Vatican's milk-and-water peccadilloes? Allow us to suggest our own list of Seven Vices Best Avoided in Ecclesiastical Pronouncements: prissiness, moralising, over-familiarity, self-righteousness, babyishness, cant and, above all, banality."
What deadly sins would you suggest for the 21st Century?
My offering: Don't modernise eternal truths.