The Pope is a regular reader and I am an advisor to the pope.
I know people in the Bio-information field and I know other in genetic engineering and I tell each one that they are killing god because when they can do what god does others will then say if we can do it then god does not exists and our entire moral and ethical foundation will fall away leaving selfishness, moral turpitude and a crumbling of any value set the human race had left.
they laugh and scoff.
I tell them that not only am I the right cross of god but i also have the ear of god but they laugh and scoff.
I have written many sermons relating to the following news article. I have preached this and I have baptized sinners over this.
October 11th i wrote a sermon about the greed of employers and the sins they are committing as false prophets.
and now the pope as declared Seven new sins
Seven new deadly sins
9:44a.m. 11 March 2008
Gluttony and Pride are out of vogue as Pollution and Being Rich step in as some of the new ’mortal sins’ as updated by the Vatican. See full list below.
Times have changed and so have sins and sinners, according to the Pope’s second-in-charge, Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti, who this weekend spoke on modern evils, Reuters reports.
Genetic manipulation, drugs that ’weaken the mind and cloud intelligence,’ and the imbalance between the rich and the poor have made the cut to be new sins punishable by an eternity of damnation in hellfire.
It also seems that Dolly the sheep’s creators are due for a shock in the afterlife, as Girotti, the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, told the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano that bioethics were an important area of danger for the ’modern soul.’
"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 interview entitled ’New Forms of Social Sin,’ also listed ecological offences as a issue of substance.
The Vatican plans to lead by example with some Holy See buildings set to use solar energy, including photovoltaic cells on the roof of the auditorium for pilgrims’ audiences with the pontiff.
But will these new sins make people feel the need to confess their carbon-monoxide spewing 4x4 any more than they would confess casting a lusty eye over the neighbor’s wife?
Not likely, as Girotti also bemoaned the fact that fewer and fewer Catholics go to confession in our day.
A study by Milan’s Catholic University had shown that up to 60 percent of Catholics in Italy did not attend confession - where a priest can absolve them of their sins in God’s name - with 20 percent feeling uncomfortable discussing their sins with another person.
Just as life was back in the 6th Century when Pope Gregory the Great declared the original seven sins, they were a lot simpler. However, their punishment was still no fun at all:
1. Pride - Broken on the wheel
2. Envy - Put in freezing water
3. Gluttony -Forced to eat rats, toads, and snakes
4. Lust - Smothered in fire and brimstone
5. Anger - Dismembered alive
6. Greed - Put in cauldrons of boiling oil
7. Sloth - Thrown in snake pits
The new sins are a lot less black and white:
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
No specific punishments have been put forward as yet, although one would assume that modern sins deserve suitably modern punishments.
Perhaps ’an eternity without your Blackberry’ or ’only people you want to avoid will add you as Facebook friends forever’ could be suggested.
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