The Seven Deadly SinsMay 1, 2012 at 9:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments
Tags: abortion, contraception, gay marriage, homosexuality, Pope Gregory I, the seven deadly sins, women's ordination
The “seven deadly sins” have a long history in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Rooted in the Book of Proverbs, they were consolidated in the 4th century by Evagrius Ponticus, a monk, and reconfigured in 590 CE by Pope Gregory I; Dante likewise included them in his Divine Comedy.
The seven deadly sins have had a very long run. In parochial school in Philadelphia in the 1950s I memorized the pre-Vatican II version and I still know it by heart:
But since Vatican II, as you perhaps know, very much has changed, including a shift from a broader notion of the Catholic Christian faith to a narrower and narrower fixation on sexual morality . Appropriately enough, the seven deadly sins have been reconfigured to reflect these changes. Now they are:
Abortion, even if mother and child will die without it;
Gay sex and marriage;
Failing to work actively against these first two sins;
Use of artificial contraceptives;
Women getting ordained, or even discussing the possibility;
Spending too much time on justice and peace;
Advocating for health insurance in a country where millions don’t have it.
I trust that those of my readers who are Catholic will take note of these changes and behave accordingly.