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Vatican Upgrades The Deadly Sin List

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By KJ Mullins     Mar 10, 2008 in Religion
The seven biggie sins of lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride now have some competion on bringing the devil his dues according to Vatican's daily newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.
Drugs, pollution and genetic manipulations made the updated list. The article came from an interview with Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti who says that sins are increasingly manifesting themselves into social damaging behaviours.
Girotti is the head of the Vatican body, Apostolic Penitentiary, that issues decisions on matters of conscience and grants absolution. The Monsignor said that while in the past sin concerned the individual it now concerns society as a whole. The Catholic Church also continues to be concerned by abortion and pedophilia.
Considering the mudslide of scandals within the Church pedophilia would seemingly be top and foremost of the deadly sins. The Monsignor said that the authorities within the Church had reacted with rigorous measures to the scandals of child abuse. He accused the media though of emphasizing the problem.
The deadly sins are different from minor venial sins that can be forgiven. According to the Catholic faith the only way to avoid the flames of Hell is to confess a mortal sin to a priest and then serve an act of penitence.
Father Antonio Pelayo, a Spanish priest and Vatican expert thinks it's time for people to get over their obsession with sex.
"There are many other sins that are perhaps much more grave that don't have anything to do with sex - that have to do with life, that have to do with the environment, that have to do with justice," he told AP Television.
The Vatican just finished a week long conference on confession. According to a recent survey going to confession is not at the top of many Catholics to do lists. 60 percent of Italian Catholics do not go to confession.
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