Moral Exhortation

I am sure you have been pondering the Vatican’s  new ‘take’ on the Seven Deadly Sins.  It’s a fascinating list which includes ‘genetic modification, carrying out experiments on humans, polluting the environment, causing social injustice, causing poverty, becoming obscenely wealthy and taking drugs’

Clearly one could debate these endlessly.  The original list included envy, gluttony, greed, lust, wrath, pride and sloth.  But what is interesting, it seems to me, is how individualistic the old list was.  And now, in an individualistic age, they recast the Seven Deadlies in communal and global mode.

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