The Catholic Church continues to shock, amaze and I’ll admit it – impress. They have a way of standing up for things that other people just won’t bring up.
We’ve all heard of the Seven Deadly Sins: Sloth, Greed, Lust, Envy, Wrath, Gluttony and Pride. A pretty comprehensive list. Each of the sins have to do with an individual’s own spiritual walk. They are personal. So personal, in fact, that the Vatican teaches that if a person were to die with any of these transgressions remaining unconfessed, the sinner would be sent to Hell.
This list was released 1500 years ago, and the Vatican wants to remain current. They released a new list:
The seven social sins are:
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
What I find so great about this list (whether or not I agree with all of them) is that they aren’t just for the individual, they are all about community. God models himself to us as three persons in the Trinity, living in perfect unity, community, joy and adoration. He wants us to live that way too. The Seven Social Sins aren’t going to send you to Hell, but then avoiding them would sure help foster community. I’m disappointed Internet Porn isn’t on the list. Maybe they’ll release 7 new ones soon.