A Vatican official has updated the list of sinful behavior. Monsignor Gianfranco Girotti said that sins increasingly manifest themselves as behavior that damages society as a whole, according to CNN.
Drugs, pollution and genetic manipulations as well as social and economic injustices are new areas of mortal sins.
The Times Online reported Girotti saying, “You offend God not only by stealing, blaspheming or coveting your neighbor’s wife, but also by ruining the environment, carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments, or allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA or compromise embryos.”
Morally debatable scientific experiments? OK, that’s easy. Allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA? I understand.
But what constitutes “ruining the environment?” What does it mean to be a polluter? If one drives a car, one is clearly polluting. What if one throws the credit card offer in the trash, instead of the recycling bin?