September 26, 2009

The “new” Seven Deadly Sins

There have been reports that the Seven Deadly Sins had been replaced, doubled or updated. None of this is true. Gianfranco Girotti, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, was reported as adding these, but he was really talking to priests about new “social” sins. The report on confused the Seven Deadly Sins with mortal sin, implying that pollution (one of the “new” sins and something we all do) would result in eternal damnation. It was very poorly written. BBC News also confused mortal and the Seven Deadly Sins, as did CNN was no better. Please check the Vatican Web site (, and notice there is nothing about this. There is no list of the new Seven Deadly Sins, just an article recounting details of a talk by someone in the Vatican who didn’t even mention the Seven Deadly Sins. But here is the best article on it so far, and it has the list.

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