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The Seven New Deadly Sins!

By Hugh McNichol

The newly revised list of the seven deadly sins is indeed an announcement that makes everyone step back and consider our moral actions in terms of a much larger global perspective. The original deadly sins, embodied in the Divine Comedy, (lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy & pride) have received a long overdue modification. This modification updates the sins with a global perspective in mind as the world becomes increasingly more globalized in our thoughts and actions. The updated deadly sins include, genetic modification, human experimentations, polluting the environment, social injustice, causing poverty, financial gluttony and taking drugs.

While the new list does not abrogate the old list of seven deadly sins, it places them in a new context that permit the modern believer an opportunity to apply Catholic moral and social teachings to understand the communal effect that sin indeed presents to humanity. Especially important are the inclusion of the sinful potentials in genetic modification and the immoral use of human beings in scientific experimentation. Modern advances in life sciences make it especially critical to note that human experimentation and genetic modification in the pursuit of a greater common good are serious immoral occasions that degrade the sacredness and dignity of human life.

In addition to making note of scientific dangers presented in the new deadly sins, social injustice and causing poverty are noted as acts of immorality as well. What is interesting to note is these two sins have a deeply global and universal sense of immorality that collectively unite all of the people of the world. Most appropriately then, in listing these two actions as deadly sins, the communal nature of immorality is called to mind as well.

As the world increases in its secular and materialistic affections financial, gluttony makes the top list of the seven deadly sins. That makes a lot of sense because the inability and unwillingness to share resources between all aspects of humankind does indeed create a larger chasm that divides all of humanity. Finally, taking drugs for illicit purposes finishes the list of the seven most deadly sins. Finally, a clear and concise modern listing of the most detrimental actions to the fulfillment of human happiness and sanctity.

The new list of course does not replace the deadly sins made famous by Dante in the Purgatorial sufferings of the Divine Comedy; it just places them in a modern 21st century perspective. Sin and its effects are always issues for the modern believer to worry about. Now, in addition to the subjective nature of sinful actions, modern Catholics and indeed all people can understand more fully that deadly sins affect each person individually and collectively as a global society.

Maybe this new listing of the seven “new” and improved deadly sins is indicative of the direction, which our Catholic faith is obviously developing. That is a clearer integration of our Catholic moral and ethical principles onto a larger and universal stage of global implications and effects. Sin indeed not only provides an individual with a hiatus from grace, but also collectively produces a division between people, nations and societies.

Our new list of deadly sins clearly indicates our global relationship with each other in not only actions of personal immorality, but also the interrelated aspects of global relationships that immoral actions cause for all of God’s children.


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  1. Lucy Matthews
    5 years ago

    I was confused between 7 Deadly Sins and Mortals Sins.
    I have had periods of depression (which looks like is a deadly sin) I never thought of sucide just lonely and depressed. Missing Mass because when I attend Mass my mind gets distracted from Mass. Like tonite attempted to pray the Rosary and got distract and quit. I have( prayed not to be distracted) I have had a difficult life and I hold no ill feeling against anyone. However the hurt just hang on. I was watching ETWN and they were talking about the 7 deadly sins and depression was included which I did not realize. I want to please GOD HOWEVER I FAIL SO MANY TIMES.



  2. Blessing O.
    6 years ago

    I thank God for your lives. May God reward you all for the beautiful work you are doing for God.

  3. Eze Chinonso Callistus FUTO Nig.
    6 years ago

    I want to in a very special way commend the effort of those who spend their time trying to educate their fellow Catholics about the basic things that leads to sin. This serves as a moral boost to not just only Catholics but to Christains at large. It is not really easy i wish you more power to your elbow. It's true that when matters like this is being treated the youths mostly pay deaf ears to it. some time they take it as a laughing matter and is why today they indulge in so many things that are very fatal to their spirituality. Today our society has been so polluted that sexual immorality is now the other of the day. Our beloved Politicians now buy political offices with money & loyalty to some persons that call themselves godfathers. I want to plead to the authors of this article to take this campaign to the grassroots level mostly to the rural areas which is now dominated with promiscuity, alcoholic exuberants among young boys, drug abuse, stealing and so many others of their likes. we really need to take the bull by the horn, for our society to become safe for our posterity. I encourage you all,God bless you all. Regards to the Christendom.

  4. Emma: Fed. Uni. Tech. Owerri (FUTO) Nigeria
    6 years ago

    I sincerely appreciate the good works been done on this site and hereby wish to solicit that more enlightment on lust and contraceptive should be carried out. I urge catholic youths to often and on visit this site for their moral up-liftment and forget about all other rubbish sites which devil's agents have deviced to achieve their aim on earth which to STEAL, KILL AND DESTORY. Catholics be wise!!!

  5. Sobia
    7 years ago

    What are the effect on all the seven sins of the world?

  6. Chris ugo
    7 years ago

    I wish that more and more awareness on the catholic faith be created through this medium. God bless.
    Chris from Ambros ali university(AAU)
    Edo state,

  7. John Frost
    7 years ago

    To Lorne: not- using contraception -would be- about the worst thing you can do to the environment, if you presuppose that people are pollution.

  8. newmo
    7 years ago

    it is ignorant and unchristian to immediately condemn genetic modification. i strongly doubt that the people who label it a sin have even the slightest clue about gene technology. it's not about absurd experiments on humans at all. these scientists are working to create crops and livestock that are hardier, require less maintenance and can provide more particularly to those who are quite disadvantaged. how Christian of you all to try and deny these revolutionary ideas.

  9. Paulinus
    7 years ago

    Love this online pages and will like 2 be receiving daily readings 2 my mail cos i'm a busy person and will like this to be considered.

  10. Lorne
    7 years ago

    ummmm - Isn't -not- using contraception about the worst thing you can do to the environment?

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