Seven Social Sins (The Catholic version)

Recently the Catholic church, and in particular Pope Benedict, came out with their own list of what they consider the seven social sins of the current times. It is interesting to see how this list is different from Gandhi’s of my last post.

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

Pope Benedict has spoken out on several social issues throughout his three-year papacy. He encouraged Catholics to abstain from a  referendum on easing restrictive laws on fertility treatments. Of course the Catholic church, unlike almost all Protestant churches, does not believe in birth control as they see that as hampering creation by God.  It is interesting to see the diversity of topics covered by this list. I’m sure that most of the items can find some references in the bible to back them up. One of the things I admire about the Catholic leadership through at least my life, they are not afraid to take on some difficult topics where they see them going against God’s word. I sometimes often wish Protestants were as bold.

2 thoughts on “Seven Social Sins (The Catholic version)

  1. I find it stunning that the first two – and especially the first, which exists only to increase the membership of the RCC – are even on the list, much less that they take priority over real evils. So many women and children have died and so many million more have suffered needlessly over the, IMO, utterly ridiculous and totally self-serving war on the right of human beings to limit the size of their family to what they can handle. And of course, as with all injustices, the burden falls most heavily on the poor of the world. I can’t find much respect for any religious leader (or anyone) who condones such widespread and far-reaching cruelty.

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