and now it’s 14
The Vatican has just upgraded the seven deadly sins to 14.
For those just tuning in to the whole Catholic Church thing, the Church divides sins into venial, which aren’t so bad, and deadly, which threaten your soul’s eternity.
The new ones are drug abuse, abortion, environmental pollution, excessive wealth, the creation of poverty and genetic manipulation. I’m pretty much behind all of these as being sins although I’ll have to end my project on genetically enhanced corn (I spliced it with butter and was working on making it self pop).
Interestingly, the seven virtues, chastity, abstinence, temperance, diligence, patience, kindness and humility, have not been updated. I think I’d add “letting people in while in traffic”, answering emails and voicemails in a timely fashion, reciprocating when your friend pays for a meal (if you have the means), being gracious with typos, moderation in inviting friends to Facebook applications, participating in national politics and travel.
It’s an eclectic list, but worth thinking about.
PS. I just noticed that Charity is not listed as one of the seven virtues. Which is a bummer because I bought a candle from one of those kids that stand in front of Target and I thought that should count for something.