11 March 2008

Vatican articulates seven new "social" sins

The Vatican has declared seven new "social" sins, parallels to the seven deadly sins of yore (lust, sloth, pride, envy, anger, greed, gluttony). Bloomberg has summarized them thus:

  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

Doing drugs? Seriously? And leave it to the Vatican to cast the first stone with respect to "excessive wealth".

I hope we can be forgiven for forgetting that trampling on the Earth is bad, but overpopulation is good. Poverty is bad, but life-saving technologies are bad too.

I'm reminded of this joke: for Catholics, acceptable forms of birth control include biology, but not physics or chemistry.

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