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  Vatican lists "new sins"

Vatican lists "new sins," including pollution

By Philip Pullella2 hours, 23 minutes ago

Thou shall not pollute the Earth. Thou shall beware genetic manipulation. Modern times bring with them modern sins. So the Vatican has told the faithful that they should be aware of "new" sins such as causing environmental blight.

The guidance came at the weekend when Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, the Vatican's number two man in the sometimes murky area of sins and penance, spoke of modern evils.

Asked what he believed were today's "new sins," he told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the greatest danger zone for the modern soul was the largely uncharted world of bioethics.

"(Within bioethics) there are areas where we absolutely must denounce some violations of the fundamental rights of human nature through experiments and genetic manipulation whose outcome is difficult to predict and control," he said.

The Vatican opposes stem cell research that involves destruction of embryos and has warned against the prospect of human cloning.

Girotti, in an interview headlined "New Forms of Social Sin," also listed "ecological" offences as modern evils.

In recent months, Pope Benedict has made several strong appeals for the protection of the environment, saying issues such as climate change had become gravely important for the entire human race.

Under Benedict and his predecessor John Paul, the Vatican has become progressively "green."

It has installed photovoltaic cells on buildings to produce electricity and hosted a scientific conference to discuss the ramifications of global warming and climate change, widely blamed on human use of fossil fuels.

Girotti, who is number two in the Vatican "Apostolic Penitentiary," which deals with matter of conscience, also listed drug trafficking and social and economic injustices as modern sins.

But Girotti also bemoaned that fewer and fewer Catholics go to confession at all.

He pointed to a study by Milan's Catholic University that showed that up to 60 percent of Catholic faithful in Italy stopped going to confession.

In the sacrament of Penance, Catholics confess their sins to a priest who absolves them in God's name.

But the same study by the Catholic University showed that 30 percent of Italian Catholics believed that there was no need for a priest to be God's intermediary and 20 percent felt uncomfortable talking about their sins to another person.

(Editing by Keith Weir)


Josh Parsley

 2008/3/10 11:10Profile

 Re: Vatican lists "new sins"

I wonder what the Pope will think when the wrath of God comes, and many parts of the earth will be destroyed through His Judgements?


 2008/3/10 11:13

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Hemel Hempstead


He is going to get a terrible shock when he gets to Judgement Day!!

Dominic Shiells

 2008/3/10 11:37Profile


I dont need the Catholic Church, which is described in great detail in Revelation 17, to let me know what sin is and sin is not. Actually, if any institution should know what sin is, it's the Catholic Church... she's committed most, if not all of them.

I dont even know why we pay attention to what the RCC has to say anyway.


 2008/3/10 13:07

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 Re: Vatican lists "new sins"

these "new sins" are a joke.

 2008/3/10 13:52Profile

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