7 New Deadly Sins - Are you screwed?
The Vatican, notoriously slow to change on anything, have rapidly moved with the times in the past 24 hours. They have decided to increase their traditional 7 deadly and mortal sins by double that number. And thankfully they are less about the individual and more about one's role in and on society.
Pope Gregory the Great drew up the original list in the 6th Century, which in trun was made popularly known through Dante's Inferno - they were pride, envy, gluttony, lust, wrath, greed and sloth. They have now been joined with the following newcomers:
8. "Bioethical" violations such as birth control
9. "Morally dubious'' experiments such as stem cell research
10. Drug abuse
11. Polluting the environment
12. Contributing to widening divide between rich and poor
13. Excessive wealth
14. Creating poverty
Well, we all know that for every vice there is a virtue. The original 7 holy virtues are: chastity, abstinence, temperance, diligence, patience, kindness and humility.
The original 7 offences also had interesting punishments:
Pride Broken on the wheel
Envy Put in freezing water
Gluttony Forced to eat rats, toads, and snakes
Lust Smothered in fire and brimstone
Anger Dismembered alive
Greed Put in cauldrons of boiling oil
Sloth Thrown in snake pits
Source: The Picture Book of Devils, Demons and Witchcraft; Ernst and Johanna Lehner
So what will the 7 new virtues be?
Well, one things seems certain. The top 1,125 Forbes gold horders and all living the lives of pseudo Kings and Queens are totally fucked!!!